Silver Book Fact

For women age 40 or older, timely mammograms could reduce breast cancer mortality by about 16%–compared to those who are not screened.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merk Institute of Aging and Health. The State of Aging and Health in America 2007. Washington, D.C.: Merk Institute of Aging and Health; 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/saha_2007.pdf

Reference

Title
The State of Aging and Health in America 2007
Publisher
Merk Institute of Aging and Health
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merk Institute of Aging and Health
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Future Value

Related Facts

  • Widespread use of cancer vaccines could result in a cure of melanoma/renal cell carcinomas and a 25% boost in survival for all other cancers.  
  • A drug for testicular cancer that cost an estimated $56 million to develop led to a sharp increase in survival rate and an annual return of $166 million in treatment…  
  • Since the war on cancer was declared in 1971, our arsenal has tripled. New drugs accounted for around 50-60% of the increase in six-year cancer survival rates since 1975.…  
  • Since 1991 the cancer death rate has fallen by 20 percent.  
  • From 1975 to 1996, new cancer drugs increased life expectancy of cancer patients by about one year, at an estimated cost of $3,000—well below the estimated value of a statistical…