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Around 2.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, but thanks to major advances, close to 12 million Americans are cancer survivors. Get more facts.

Despite recent gains in reducing mortality, the burden of CVD continues to grow and the lifetime risk at age 40 of developing CVD is 2 in 3 for men and 1 in 2 for women. Get more facts.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, neurological damage, and lower limb amputations. Get more facts.
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Every year, between 50,000 and 90,000 adults in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications. Many serious infectious are acquired in the healthcare setting and those healthcare-associated infections cost U.S. hospitals between $28.4 and $45 billion each year. Get More Facts.

The prevalence of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are skyrocketing as our population ages and they threaten to bankrupt our economy if better treatments and cures aren't found. Get more facts.

Like all of these diseases, osteoporosis impacts older Americans. It can lead to pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death. Get more facts.
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Around 100 million Americans live with persistent pain--more Americans than are affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Get More Facts. Get More Facts.

More than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are blind, visually impaired, or have an age-related eye disease, and adult vision loss costs our economy more than $5.1 billion each year. Get more facts.

1 in 4 Americans have more than one chronic disease—a major cost to our economy of 16% of GDP and growing. Without significant changes, the cost is projected to skyrocket to $4.3 trillion in 2017.