Fact: 1 in 8 women born today in the US will get breast cancer
27 Oct 2015
Did you know that about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives?* Shocking, huh? I didn’t this. And finding this out was actually really shocking to me. 1 in 8 American women! That’s quite a high amount. There are about 231,340 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the United States. Every single year. 🙁 Someone very close to me died of breast cancer when I was very young. It’s a long time ago, but I did have a great effect on me. Breast cancer is still a very sensitive subject and for this reason I’m stepping away from beauty and fashion on the blog for the day, so I can tell you more about preventing this disease.
We’re nearing the end of October, which is also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, referring to the annual campaign 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.
Since most (or probably all) of my readers are women, I thought it would be a good idea to list a few things to think about this October. Some of these things you might already know or have thought about, but either way…I think it’s good to mention these things here on the blog to refresh your memory! Knowledge is power.
â€¢ As I already mentioned above: approximately 231,340 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. However, there are millions of women are surviving breast cancer. This is due to early detection and improvements in treatment. Yay!
â€¢ Early detection is key! If you’re 40 years or older, you should have a mammogram every year. If you’re in your 20s or 30s you should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of your regular health exam by a health at least every 3 years. Ask for it!
â€¢ When caught early, the survival rate for breast cancer is as high as 99%. Unfortunately, the diagnosis can be accompanied by an expensive treatment regimen. Think about insurance policies that can help ease worries about the financial cost of breast cancer if it were to occur.
â€¢ For most U.S. companies, Fall marks ‘open enrollment’ season. This 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.
Aflac’s cancer insurance policies, for example, 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.
Speaking of Aflac: do you remember last year’s This Duck Wears Pink campaign by Aflac? So funny! 😀
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aflac will be partnering with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) again this year! AACR is 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.
How you can help
Aflac is selling lots of campaign-related merchandise, like the cute plush duck pictured above, hats and a breast cancer ribbon pin! ALL the net proceeds going to the AACR for the specific purpose of funding research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer.
Want to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and learn more about how you can give back to the cause? Check out the This Duck Wears Pink website and shop! Here you’ll also find the details on Aflacâ€™s partnership with the AACR foundation.
*American Cancer Society, â€œBreast Cancer,â€ accessed on Sept. 29, 2015 – http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003090-pdf.pdf
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.