The Maximized Living Network of Doctors is Voicing Concerns over the Unsustainable Economic Costs of Cancer

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Natural Wellness Network Raises Awareness About Cancer's Economic Burden on the United States

The true cost of cancer

Cancer, in its various forms, costs the United States more than $76 billion each year. This amount has been officially deemed a "substantial burden" on the economy by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

According to a 2004 study, nearly $61 billion is spent on direct costs. These costs include doctor visits, lab tests, imaging tests, diagnostic procedures, surgical treatment, home care and more. Additionally, cancer incurs more than $15 billion in indirect costs: short-term disability and missed days of work.

In comparison, the United States Department of Education spends $68.1 billion annually. That money is used to cover everything from public elementary schools to Pell Grants, according the Department of Education's official website.

Each year, the United States spends more to treat a disease that is nearly 90 percent preventable than it does on educating its next generation. In 2006, the average cancer drug cost more than $1,600 for a month's supply. That's $19,200 every year—about the cost of a 2013 Toyota Corolla.

What can be done? The skyrocketing costs of cancer-related treatments are primarily a concern of patients, but the medical community is starting to recognize the need to help curb bankrupting costs.

A recent report on the costs of cancer treatment was featured in the Lancet Oncology medical journal. Study leader Richard Sullivan cited the need for medical doctors to be more realistic about prescribing radically expensive new drugs to patients.

Though Sullivan did not specifically speak to the obvious need for lifestyle interventions and truly preventative treatment, his words could be echoed as a push for patients to take action now in order to avoid crippling medical bills later.

"We are at a crossroads for affordable cancer care, where our choices—or refusal to make choices—will affect the lives of millions of people," Sullivan said. "Do we bury our heads in the sand, keep our fingers crossed, and hope that it turns out fine, or do we have difficult debates and make hard choices?"

The benefits of proactive, pro-health choices are obvious when compared to the reactive medical solutions to cancer. Medical debt is not a forgone conclusion of advanced age. Educated, simple lifestyle decisions today can help families stay healthy, active and medical debt-free as they get older. Maximized Living offers the 5 essentials for healthy living. To learn more visit

Fighting cancer with food? Nutrition is so frequently addressed in terms of weight loss that it's easy to forget that food actually fuels our bodies with life-supporting nutrients. Proper nutrition often helps your body fight off illness. In fact, some foods even help your body thwart the development of cancer cells. On the contrary, certain foods actually fuel the development of cancer and can be a catalyst to causing hidden cancers to be more prevalent and dangerous.

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Evette Rivera, Director of Marketing
Maximized Living, Inc.
1420 Celebration Blvd, Suite 200
Celebration, FL 34747    

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