In 2016 alone, it is estimated that almost 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. One person alone can’t beat cancer, it takes a team. The Breakaway from Cancer non-profit partner organizations – Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – collectively offer a broad range of support services to people affected by cancer, complementing those provided by a patient’s team of healthcare professionals.
Over 80% of Americans want to spend their last days at home, with friends and family. Yet, despite these desires, 75% of Americans will spend their last days in a hospital room. Many people will spend hours each day getting painful and often useless treatments and tests, and be asked to take dozens of debilitating drugs. For many the cure is worse than the disease. This often has negative and lasting effects on family and friends who are often left with feelings of guilt and regret for years to come.
Epilepsy is much more common than people think – an estimated 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop the condition in their lifetime. It is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy combined, yet awareness and understanding of epilepsy is very low and far too often, people are afraid to talk about it.
Did you know one in four car crashes are estimated to involve cell phone use? While 80% of drivers think using a hands-free device is a safer option that is just not the case. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices don’t make drivers any safer as the brain remains distracted by the cell phone conversation. There is no safe way to use a cell phone and drive.
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As Americans become increasingly more reliant on the internet and digital technology, individuals are spending more of their time online. At work, home, school and on the go, we are continuously connected. In a recent study, 45% of 18-26 year olds report that their first “talk” about staying safe online was from a parent and 20% got their first advice from a teacher (2014 Raytheon/NCSA Millennial Survey).