Construction and real estate executive Jonathan Hillert is president of L&T Development, LLC. In his spare time, Jonathan Hillert supports community organizations that build awareness about cancer.
The risk of cancer progressively increases with age. People most susceptible to the disease are those who smoke or are surrounded by smokers as well as individuals that have a family history of cancer. As of January 2012, the number of Americans with a family history of cancer stood at 13.7 million people, of which some are living cancer-free, while others show evidence of or are undergoing treatment for the illness.
In 2014 alone, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed. This estimate does not include patients who are battling noninvasive and basal cell cancers. Of this number, more than half a million are expected to be fatal cases.
Unfortunately, the cost of treatment remains at an all-time high. The National Institutes of Health reports that the expense of cancer in 2009 was $216.6 billion. Total health expenditures made up $86.6 billion in direct medical fees, while the remainder was used for indirect mortality costs.