October has been recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1985. Since 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is a no-brainer that a whole month be designated to spreading awareness on prevention and early detection (Stay Fitness).
Throughout the month of October you see pink ribbons during professional sporting events, neighborhood events, social media and even at your workplace. Communities from all over the nation come together to educate on the importance of prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer.
The increase of awareness surrounding breast cancer has likely led to the decrease of the female breast cancer death rate by 39% from 1989 to 2015. However, the rate for breast cancer diagnosis have held steady, and have even increased in African American women by .3% per year (American Cancer Society). While survival rates are improving, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women (American Cancer Society).
Following the recent trends the following estimations have been made:
- About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
- About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed (non-invasive and earliest form of breast cancer)
- About 40,920 women will lose their battle with breast cancer (American Cancer Society).
Since 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is likely that you will be impacted in one way or another. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has spread awareness on ways to protect you and your loved ones such as prevention and early detection (Breastcancer.org). However, you may also consider protecting your loved ones if something does happen to you. Life insurance is an affordable and great way to protect and provide financial relief for those who must carry on without you.
A study by Genworth Financial shows a great need for life insurance among women:
- 49% of childless married women have no life insurance
- 43% of married mothers have no life insurance
- 59% of unmarried mothers have no life insurance (Genworth Financial)
The possibility of health issues occurring is one main reason why you should not wait to buy life insurance. You never know what life will bring you. The older you are, the more your premium will cost. Certain health issues can even deem you uninsurable for traditional life insurance. If you have anyone who relies on you, the time to get life insurance is now. Click here to get a free quote.
American Cancer Society, 2018 – https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/how-common-is-breast-cancer.html
American Cancer Society, 2017 – https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/breast-cancer-signs-and-symptoms.html
BreastCancer.org, 2018 – https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/male_bc
Genworth Financial, 2012 – https://www.genworth.com/dam/Americas/US/PDFs/Consumer/Product/LTC/140122D.pdf