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Cost of Care for Those Who Lose Independence

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • The top two leading causes of death among those over 65 years of age, regardless of race, sex, or Hispanic origin are heart disease and cancer  
  • In 2007, an estimated 20,500 people (11,170 men and 9,330 women) will be diagnosed with brain and other nervous system cancers.  
  • During the past decade, growth of spending for prostate cancer has averaged 11 percent a year, outpacing rates for other common conditions such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.   
  • An estimated 49,920 deaths from colorectal cancer are expected to occur in 2009, accounting for almost 9% of all cancer deaths.  
  • The most common sites for cancer in Americans age 65+: Lung and bronchus – 140,336 cases Prostate – 117,001 cases Breast – 96,981 cases Colon & rectum – 80,343 cases