Weekly News Roundup: 10 Best States for People with Disabilities, 5 Cancers You’re Most Likely To Get As You Age, One in Five Americans Living With a Disability

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Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for July 28–August 3.

These Are the 10 Best States for People with Disabilities

If you are currently living with a disabling medical condition, take note: Arizona is the best state for people with disabilities. United Cerebral Palsy recently released it rankings of the best states for people with disabilities, and the results are based on five different categories: promoting independence, keeping families together, encouraging productivity, reaching those in need, and tracking health, safety, and quality of life. Read More

5 Cancers You’re More Likely to Get As You Age

We all worry about cancer, but does aging really increase our risks of getting it? According to the American Cancer Society, yes—78 percent of all cancer diagnoses are in people age 55 and up. The good news is that the five-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in 2004-2010 was 68 percent, up from 49 percent. If you’re over the age of 55, you should be especially vigilant in watching for skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer. Read More

More Americans Have a Disability Than You’d Think

The Affordable Care Act requires the government to collect information on the rates of disability in America, and the results of its first report may surprise you. It’s estimated that one in every five Americans are living with some sort of disability, and about one in eight report they have mobility limitations, such as difficulty climbing stairs or walking. The second most common disability involves thinking and memory, followed closely by problems living independently. The survey coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read More