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Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.


   Cancer Survivorship Month:

        Let’s celebrate all those who are sur-THRIVE-rs!

This great news comes from The American Cancer Society: The US cancer death rate has dropped 27% in 25 years!  

Here are some other very encouraging statistics…  

By The Numbers:

 Cancer Survivors

  • As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents 5.0% of the population.
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 29.1%, to 21.7 million, by 2029.
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to grow to 26.1 million by 2040.

 Cancer Survivors by Time Since Diagnosis

  • In 2019, 67% of survivors (10.3 million) have survived 5 or more years after diagnosis; 45% have survived 10 or more years, and 18% have survived 20 or more years.
  • Over the next decade, the number of people who have lived 5 or more years after their cancer diagnosis is projected to increase by approximately 33%, to 15.1 million.

Additionally…..

  • Sixty-four percent of survivors are currently 65 years of age or older.
  • It is estimated that by 2040, 73% of cancer survivors in the United States will be 65 years or older.
  • Among today's survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (23%, 3.6 million), prostate (21%, 3.3 million), colorectal (9%, 1.5 million), gynecologic (8%, 1.3 million) and melanoma (8%, 1.2 million).

Encouraging news indeed! 

 

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