Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia grow

  • Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2017, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $259 billion, By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.
  • More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association, 2017 Alzheimer Disease Facts and Figures

Cancer down overall, but pockets remain

  • Cancer deaths in the United States dropped over 20 percent between 1980 and 2014.
  • A total of 5,656,423 deaths from tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer were recorded between 1980 and 2014. Based on 2014 data, lung cancer deaths were concentrated across Kentucky and through Union County, Florida
  • A total of 1,573,593 deaths from breast cancer were recorded between 1980 and 2014. Clusters of high rates of breast cancer were present in the southern belt and along the Mississippi River.
  • A total of 487,518 deaths due to liver cancer were recorded in the United States between 1980 and 2014. Liver Cancer was high along the Texas-Mexico border. There were also high rates in counties with large Native American populations in South Dakota, New Mexico and Alaska.

Source: Trends and Patterns of Disparities in Cancer Mortality Among US Counties, 1980-2014; The JAMA Network, January NaN, 2017,

Insured patients taking action

  • Two-thirds of insured adults aged 50-75 were screened for colorectal cancer within the recommended intervals.
  • Insured women aged 30-39 were more likely than their older peers to be screened for cervical cancer within the recommended intervals.
  • 73 percent of insured women aged 50-74 had been screened for breast cancer in the past two years.
  • The percentage of insured adults who had a cardiovascular risk screening (blood pressure, blood sugar) within the recommended intervals significantly increased with advancing age for both men and women.

Source: Utilization of Clinical Preventive Services for Cancer and Heart Disease Among Insured Adults, United States, 2015. NCHS Data Brief No. 274, March 2017

Nip tuck

A total of 17,192,186 cosmetic-minimally invasive procedures and cosmetic surgical procedures done in 2016, a three percent rise in totals from 2015. The most popular surgical procedures are:

  • Breast augmentation (up 4 percent from the year before to 290,467 procedures)
  • Liposuction, to remove unwanted body fat (up 6 percent to 235,237)
  • Nose reshaping (up 2 percent to 223,018)
  • Eyelid surgery (up 2 percent to 209,020)
  • Face-lifts (up 4 percent to 131,106)

Source: 2016 National Plastic Surgery Statistics Cosmetic & Reconstructive Procedure Trends, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. March 1, 2017.

The Wide Grip of Arthritis

  • An estimated 54.4 million adults (22.7%) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
  • Approximately 24 million adults with arthritis had activity limitations attributable to arthritis.
  • The annual direct medical costs attributable to arthritis are approximately $81 billion in the United States.

Source: Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013–2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. March 10, 2017