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May 16: Your Health Connection Considers The Financial Cost Of A Cancer Diagnosis

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Join Host Paula Gwynn Grant for the May edition of  Your Health Connection on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.   Our topic this month is “The Financial Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis.” Global spending on cancer drugs is expected to top $150 billion dollars annually by 2020. We will talk about it, live, with cancer survivor Jeanette Ross, who has experienced this struggle. We'll also feature Mitzi Sharp Futro, Executive Director of the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing assistance to cancer patients in the 17-county Metro Atlanta area who are experiencing financial distress because of the costs associated with the disease and its treatment.

They’ll also take your calls and questions, live at:  (404) 880 - 9255.  Your Health Connection is Community Engagement from The Center For Cancer Research And Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University. You can find out more about their good work here.

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Here are important links to information about the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis, courtesy of Dr. Kimberly Davis at CCRTD:

  • Breast cancer: Similarly effective treatments vary in cost

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/w-cos100616.php

  • Global cancer drug spending to exceed $150 billion by 2020

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cancer-spending/global-cancer-drug-spending-to-exceed-150-billion-by-2020-ims-report-idUSKCN0YO0BQ

  • UCLA researchers find a wide variation in costs to treat low-risk prostate cancer

https://www.uclahealth.org/ucla-researchers-find-a-wide-variation-in-costs-to-treat-low-risk-prostate-cancer

  • Screening for and treating early-stage lung cancer better economically than treating late-stage lung cancer

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/283010.php

  • Less inclusive criteria for lung cancer screening would be cost-effective

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170207142610.htm