October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
Breast cancer, as well as many other types of cancers are a daily reality to many of senior clients. Below we have compiled a breast cancer awareness and prevention kit for agents to use in various forms of media, presentations, and in print. Feel free to utilize any of these items in your education and marketing presentations, source information is provided with each element.
Cancer Center of America | Understanding the Difference Between Breast Cancers | http://www.cancercenter.com/community/infographics/
Operation Pink | Breast Cancer by the Numbers | http://www.operationpink.org/operation_pink_portfolio/breast-cancer-by-the-numbers/
American Cancer Society | Guide to Screening | https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/online-documents/en/pdf/infographics/breast-cancer-screening-guideline-infographic.pdf
- According to the American Cancer Society, 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017.
- Breast cancer is the 2nd MOST COMMON CANCER among American women after skin cancer.
- There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the U.S.
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How to Reduce your Breast Cancer Risk
There are several basic lifestyle changes you can make immediately to lower your risk of breast cancer. Choose any or all of the following healthy habits to reduce your risk.
- Limit Alcohol: to less than one drink per day (even small amounts increase risk)
- Stay Physically Active: Exercise lowers blood estrogen, it helps lower the risk for breast cancer. Exercise also reduces insulin, which is another cancer growth factor.
- Don’t Smoke: One of the best choices you can make for your overall health.
- Avoid Radiation Exposure: Only have x-rays when absolutely necessary.
10 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents
- Eat Organic Foods
- Filter Tap Water
- Remove Mercury Fillings
- Make Coconut Oil, Baking Soda & Shea Butter Deodorant
- Use Natural Toothpaste
- Use Natural Shampoo & Body Wash
- Vinegar & Lemon Natural Home Cleaners
- Use Natural Laundry Detergent
- Don’t Use the Microwave
- Limit Cell Phone Use
We have obtained permission for agents to use the following client testimonial regarding Cancer Insurance. Feel free to use it in your marketing materials, websites, or social media pages.
“I am 70 years old and on Medicare. I also have a good Medicare supplement. When I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer 3 years ago I knew the medical bills would be covered. However, the treatment, (Chemotherapy and radiation for 8 weeks) was at a cancer center 180 miles from home. That’s when I found out how valuable my cancer insurance proved to be. The motel bill for two months, the travel expenses, eating out, even someone to take care of the house while we were gone were all taken care of with the funds we received from the cancer insurance policy. Our daughter took time off work to be with me and we were able to cover her expenses too. We had the peace of mind that all the unexpected expenses were covered. It was a stressful time but the cancer insurance sure eased the financial burden.”
– Virginia M., Missouri
Did you know that 60% of the cost of cancer comes from indirect expenses? Meaning that they are not covered by any health insurance including Medicare.
Travel expenses, lost income, out of network care, experimental treatments, hotel stays for outpatient treatment, etc. are all real consequences of cancer. It all adds up very quickly, but you can prepare your clients by educating them about these risks.
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