Cancer Facts

Cancer Facts and Critical Illness Insurance

According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of men developing some type of cancer in their lifetime is around 1 in 2 or 42%, and the risk in women is around 1 in 3 or 37%.1  

Did you know?

November is Lung, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the US.2

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.3

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer.4

Based on these statistics, it is likely you may know someone who has cancer, had cancer, or will be diagnosed with cancer at one point in their life. What if in the future, that someone were you or an employee who works for you? It’s important to prepare for unexpected expenses. Critical Illness insurance provides a lump-sum payment to the insured if they suffer a major illness, which includes cancer, heart attack, stroke, major organ transplant or end stage renal disease. Employers can provide coverage for their employees for as little as $4 - $10 per month5 to help them prepare for an unexpected illness. 

Nationwide's critical illness benefit plan can be used to help with the cost of treatment or expenses incurred due to the illness such as medical equipment, major medical deductibles, baby-sitters or additional groceries needed for family members helping during the time of need.

Learn more about critical illness insurance and other products offered by Nationwide, such as short-term disability, vision, dental, and life with AD&D.

Lung cancer facts

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.1

Pancreatic cancer facts

Prostate cancer facts:

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 26,120 deaths from this disease will occur this year. Although the number of deaths from prostate cancer continues to decline among all men, the death rate remains more than twice as high in black men than any other group. A man’s individual survival depends on the type of prostate cancer and the stage of the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. This year, an estimated 180,890 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. For unknown reasons, the risk of prostate cancer is 70% higher in blacks than in non-Hispanic whites. Most prostate cancers (92%) are found when the disease is confined to the prostate and nearby organs. This is referred to as the local or regional stage.

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