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November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

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 received more than 75,000 pet insurance claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets (a 10% increase from the year prior), making cancer-related conditions one of the most common types of medical claims.  In fact, last year Nationwide pet insurance members accumulated more than $22 million in medical expenses for the top 10 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.

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During the month of November, Nationwide will donate $5 to the Animal Cancer Foundation, up to $30,000, 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 (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)
2. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
3. Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
4. Bone or Joint Cancer
5. Hepatic (Liver) 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 $1,926 per pet. Brain or Spinal Cord Neoplasia is the most expensive on the list to treat, costing members an average of $2,163 per pet. To ensure that Nationwide members receive optimal cancer treatment, Nationwide medical policies include benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, such as metastasis screening, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy.
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 $1,926 per pet.  Brain or Spinal Cord Neoplasia is the most expensive on the list to treat, costing members an average of $2,163 per pet. To ensure that Nationwide members receive optimal cancer treatment, Nationwide medical policies include benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, such as metastasis screening, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy.

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