October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Breast cancer awareness continues to grow in the U.S., and death rates from the disease have continually declined since 1990. We hope the following statistics from breastcancer.org will serve as a reminder to us all of the continued importance of education, early detection, and treatment.
- 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
- About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and breast cancer, visit www.nbcam.org.
The National Cancer Institute has helpful information on mammograms and the important role they play in early detection of breast cancer.
Term Life Insurance and Breast Cancer
A history of breast cancer does not always mean you cannot get a term life insurance policy. Many life insurance companies will consider your application for coverage as soon as one year after your treatment. Your specific history and treatment will determine if you qualify and how long you may have to wait. See our previous blog on the topic for details of what the life insurance company will look for.
Are you a breast cancer survivor or do you know one? Please share your story with us!