November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and Nationwide® is partnering with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) to increase awareness and raise funds to fight the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Last year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, received more than 78,000 pet insurance claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets, making cancer-related conditions one of the most common types of medical claims. In fact, last year Nationwide pet insurance members accumulated more than $23 million in medical expenses for pet cancer-related conditions. In a continuing effort to educate pet owners about the prevalence, detection and treatment of pet cancer, Nationwide recognizes November as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
During the month of November, Nationwide will donate $5 to the Animal Cancer Foundation, up to $50,000, for every photo, story or statistic shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CurePetCancer (for further information, go to www.curepetcancer.com).
Nationwide launched National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in 2005, calling attention to the deadliest disease among dogs and cats. Listed below are the 10 most common pet cancer-related claims received by Nationwide last year:
Most Common Cancerous Conditions (in order of prevalence)
1. Skin Cancer
2. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
3. Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
4. Hepatic (Liver) Cancer
5. Bone or Joint Cancer
6. Thoracic (Chest) Cancer
7. Bladder Cancer
8. Anal Sac Cancer
9. Oral Cancer or Malignant Oral Neoplasia
10. Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer
Treatment for these conditions can carry a heavy financial burden for pet owners. Lymphosarcoma is the second most common and second most expensive condition on the list, costing Nationwide members an average of $1,524 per pet. Brain or Spinal Cord Neoplasia is the most expensive on the list to treat, costing members an average of $1,693 per pet. To ensure that Nationwide member’s pets receive optimal cancer treatment, Nationwide pet insurance policies include benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, such as metastasis screening, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy.
“Just like humans, cancer is a looming danger in the lives of our pets,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, Vice President and Chief Veterinary Officer for Nationwide. “Last year we received 3,000 more pet cancer related claims than the year prior, but there’s hope for owners whose pets are suffering from cancer. Advances in early detection and treatment, along with affordable financial solutions such as pet insurance, have given pet lovers a number of options to fight back.”
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About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.
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