I think pretty much everyone is aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the time of year we see a big push to increase awareness of the disease, offer information and support to those affected by breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. I personally feel that breast cancer is something we should be aware of year round because it definitely isn’t picky about when it strikes. I don’t know if any of you have had breast cancer or family members who have battled the disease, but my family has. My grandmother fought it, and my Aunt just had a double mastectomy a couple of weeks ago. It’s terrifying, not just for the afflicted, but for everyone that loves them.
As a woman who is at risk because I it has run in the family, I’m scared. To be completely honest and maybe a little shallow, it’s not the possiblity of death that scares me – it’s the potential loss of my breasts – one of the main feature that makes a woman a woman. It may sound vain, but it would bother me and it would hinder my intimate relationships and my self-confidence. But that’s just one of the horrible truths about this disease so anything we can do to help research and awareness, is something I can stand behind.
The Facts About Breast Cancer
- Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, with skin cancer being the first.1
- About 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.1
- Approximately 231,340 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.1
- Breast cancer patients with employer-sponsored health insurance spend $6,553 out-of-pocket.2
Now those are some pretty frightening statistics if you ask me!
Things I Want You to Think About This October
- Early detection is key
- Even as the second most common cancer among women in the United States, millions of women are surviving breast cancer thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.3
- Consider insurance policies that can help ease worries about the financial cost of breast cancer if it were to occur.
- For most U.S. companies, fall marks open enrollment season, which means now is the time you can review your employer-sponsored benefits offerings and choose the health insurance policies that best meet your financial and health care needs.
- When caught early, the survival rate for breast cancer is as high as 99 percent5, but the diagnosis can be accompanied by an expensive treatment regimen. Aflac’s cash benefits can help policyholders pay the out-of-pocket costs associated with costly cancer treatments.
- A cancer insurance policy can be used not only for treatment expenses not covered by major medical insurance, but also for extra child care that may be needed, transportation to and from the doctor or treatments, and even everyday living expenses, such as mortgage payments or groceries.
- If you or a family member does end up being diagnosed with breast cancer, or any cancer, you want to be able to focus on recovery not finances, and a cancer insurance policy can help you do just that.
- Watch this video video to see how Aflac’s cancer insurance policy helped policyholder Celia through her breast cancer journey.
How Aflac is supporting the cause this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aflac will be partnering with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) again for its second annual “This Duck Wears Pink” campaign.
- Aflac is selling a variety of campaign-related merchandise including the plush duck, hats and a breast cancer ribbon pin, with all the net proceeds going to the AACR for the specific purpose of funding research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer.
- Aflac supports the groundbreaking work of the AACR – the first and largest cancer research organization in the world with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals residing in 101 countries working on the front lines of the effort to eradicate cancer. The AACR backs every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research.
- You can donate and shop for merchandise here.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.