More than one in three American adults have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Lung cancer kills 422 people every day—close to 18 deaths each hour, or 1 death every 3.4 minutes. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 18.1%, among the lowest for all types of cancers. Early detection saves lives—survival rates are five times higher when lung cancer is detected early, but most cases are not diagnosed until later stages. Approximately 8 million people in the U.S. are at high-risk for lung cancer and should talk to their doctors about getting screened. If everyone at high risk were screened, about 25,000 lives would be saved.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. Seize the Awkward aims to encourage and empower young adults to reach out to a friend who may be struggling with their mental health. By leveraging moments of vulnerability in their friendships, they can create a safe space for their friends to open up about mental health.
Black women in America are dying of breast cancer at unacceptable rates – about 40% higher than white women. Black women are more likely to be diagnosed younger and also more likely to be diagnosed at later stages with more aggressive forms of the disease. The Ad Council is working with Susan G. Komen to educate and inspire black women to understand their risk and engage with information and tools that can ultimately promote early detection.
Opioid dependence can happen in just five days. Many young adults don’t know the power of opioids and can quickly become addicted to them.
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the United States. Despite high prevalence, research shows that many parents of young children have very little knowledge about autism and are not seeking help soon enough. This campaign seeks to educate parents about the growing rate of autism in this country and to ultimately increase the level of early detection.
While most people know their blood pressure numbers, many don’t follow their HBP plan because they feel fine and don’t notice any symptoms. Their numbers are not tangible or urgent. The High Blood Pressure Control campaign encourages people to talk with their doctor to create or evolve a treatment plan and visit LowerYourHBP.org to learn more about high blood pressure.