Surprising facts about cancer

  • In the United States, about 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime.

  • Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in women

  • Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

  • Accidents are the No. 1 leading cause of death in children — cancer is the second.

  • An estimated 77% of cancers are diagnosed in people 55 and over.

  • In 2013, roughly 1.7 million new cases of cancer were expected to be diagnose.

  • In 2013, nearly 1,600 people per day were expected to die from cancer — that’s 580,350 for the year.

  • Uninsured patients may be more likely to get their diagnosis at a later stage, when treatment can be more expensive and invasive.


There’s good news, though ...

  • The five-year survival rate is up from 49% in 1975-1977 to 68% from 2002-2008.

  • For breast cancer, the five-year survival rate is 89%.

  • The childhood cancer survival rate has improved dramatically over the last three decades, and is now 83%.

  • The prostate cancer survival rate is nearly 100%, due in part to early detection.

  • Supplemental insurance policies are available to help cover what Medicare and major medical insurance don’t.


Cancer statistics and costs from: “Cancer Facts and Figures 2013,” American Cancer Society, 2013

Cancer Insurance:

More important than you might think

Costs Medicare and Major Medical Insurance may cover, such as:

  • Hospital stays

  • Surgeon fees

  • Doctors’ fees

  • Medications and drug costs

  • Radiology fees

  • Nursing care


Expenses left for you to pay,   such as:

  • Co-pays, deductibles or costs exceeding your benefit limits

  • Treatments excluded by your plan

  • Prescriptions not covered by your plan

  • Travel to and from treatment centers, lodging


These costs could be paid with the benefits from a supplemental insurance plan.  


Retirement Specialists, LLC can help you evaluate the options.

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