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Critical Illness Statistics

  • In 2007, approximately 10,400 children under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer.1
  • In the past 30 years, cancer incidence in young adults has increased more than any other age group.2
  • In 2007, there was a 51% increase in strokes among 15 – 34 year-old men.2
  • 25 year old male non-smoker has a 24% chance of having a critical illness (cancer, heart attack or stroke) prior to turning age 65.3
  • 25 year old male smoker has a 49% chance of having a critical illness (cancer, heart attack or stroke) prior to turning age 65.3
  • The average American worker is five times more likely to suffer a critical illness than to die before retirement.4
  • Critical illnesses like cancer, heart disease and other illnesses cause more instances of long-term absence from work than freak accidents.5
     

1National Cancer Institute, “Childhood Cancers”. www.cancer.gov. n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2011.

2i[2]y. I’m too young for this! Cancer Foundation. Stats & Facts. n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2011.

3“Study Reveals Risk of Having a Critical Illness Before Age 65.” www.criticalillnessinsuranceinfo.org. 2011 Critical Illness Insurance Buyer Study. American Association for Critical Illness Insurance and Gen Re. n.d. Web. Oct. 2011.

4Gammell, Kara. “How Important is Critical Illness Cover?” The Telegraph. 1 Oct. 2009. Web. Nov. 2011.

5The Council for Disability Awareness, 2010, "You, disabled? What are your chances?" n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.



 

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