Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kidney disease kills more in US than breast, prostate cancers combined.

A 1,000-word entry in the New York Times (7/15, Brody, 1.68M) “Well” blog discusses the human toll and the cost of kidney disease in the US. In the US, kidney disease causes more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined. According to the blog, “the cost of treating end-stage kidney disease through dialysis or a kidney transplant is astronomical, more than fivefold what Medicare pays annually for the average patient over age 65.” These “charges do not include the inestimable costs to quality of life among patients with advanced kidney disease.” The blog profiles an individual diagnosed with minimal-change disease.

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