Plastic surgery costs rise for women over 30
Plastic surgery has risen sharply in the past decade for women older than 30, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, shows that the average cost of plastic surgery for women aged 30 to 34 was $4,845, up from $3,065 in 2007.
It also found that the price of plastic surgeries increased for women under 30 in that same period, with average costs for those aged 30-34 rising to $2,081.
For women aged 50-54, the average costs of plastic procedures for that age group rose to $6,638, while the average for women in their 50s rose to nearly $8,000.
Costs for women between 55 and 64 remained stable, but the average price rose by $1,000 to $898.
The rise in plastic surgery costs was largely due to the increasing prevalence of women with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which are associated with increased rates of breast and cervical cancer.
For all women, the rise in costs for plastic surgery was highest among women aged 65-74, where costs for the same procedure rose by a whopping $4.5 million to $13,821.
Women aged 65 and older are the only age group that experienced an increase in the cost of their procedures.
The CDC report does not directly link these rising costs to the rise of breast cancer, but it does note that women aged 20-34 have the highest rates of this disease.
For the first time in more than a decade, the number of breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. declined in 2015.
The decline has been largely attributed to fewer cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a cancer that attacks the lymphatic system, but also includes cancers of the lymph nodes and bone marrow.
The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 also declined, dropping to 6,742 from 7,566 in 2014.
In 2016, it fell to 2,903 from 3,813.
The CDC report did not provide a breakdown of the reasons behind the decrease in the number and types of cervical cancers.