15 posts from May, 2017

Arthritis by the numbers: 50 million+ Americans live with it

Posted May 5th, 2017 by

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. How many people are living with this condition? 53 million Americans and counting. Various forms of arthritis – including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia – are all on the rise, according to the CDC.

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Let’s look at some other facts and stats about arthritis, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

  • 67 million – the estimated number of Americans who’ll be living with arthritis by 2030
  • 300,000 – the number of babies, kids and teens living with arthritis or a rheumatic condition today
  • Nearly 1 million – the number of hospitalizations each year due to arthritis
  • 172 million – the combined number of work days people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss every year
  • $156 billion – the annual cost of arthritis in terms of lost wages and medical expenses
  • # 1 – arthritis is the nation’s top cause of disability

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Arthritis experts are also concerned that more than half of people with arthritis are also living with heart disease or diabetes, and they typically have worse outcomes because of activity limitations.

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Connect with people living with these conditions in the Muscle, Bones and Joints Forum and the Immune, Inflammatory and Infections Forum.

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It’s Melanoma Awareness Month, let’s talk famous faces who’ve battled melanoma

Posted May 4th, 2017 by

Do you know anybody who has or had melanoma? If you answered yes, you’re among many others – melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Rates of the skin cancer are increasing rapidly, particularly among younger people and in fact, cases of melanoma just in the last 30 years alone have tripled.

To encourage more awareness of this serious disease, a number of celebrities have publicly shared their battles with skin cancer, here are just a few…

 

Jimmy Carter

The former president announced he was battling melanoma in 2015. Thankfully he made a full recovery after treatment with Keytruda (Pembrolizumab), an immunotherapy drug.

 

 

Maureen Regan

The daughter of former president Ronald Regan sadly passed away in 2001 after a five year battle Melanoma.

 

 

 

Troy Aikman

This football legend had spotted a suspicious mole on his shoulder that turned out to be melanoma. He later had an operation to remove the melanoma and is now doing fine.

 

 

 

Eva Cassidy

The singer was only in her thirties when she had a malignant mole removed from her back. Three years later, the melanoma returned and she sadly passed away from the disease.

 

Know the signs

One of the most important elements of melanoma treatment is early detection. The Melanoma Research Alliance put together a brief alphabetized checklist to keep in mind to help identify early warning signs:

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