In honor of breast cancer awareness, millions are wearing pink to encourage women across the world to be aware of their health and encourage them to get checked for signs of cancer. This movement, started by Susan G. Komen
, has sparked national participation and has been a sign of moral support and unity for women to feel connected as they search for a cure.
If you have gone through a battle with breast cancer or know someone who has, you probably know that dealing with cancer can be very emotionally and financially taxing. Factors such as treatment, surgery, medication and time away from work, friends and family can weigh heavily on relationships, resources and finances. Even if you have the best health coverage, there are still costs that may not be covered by your insurance, leaving the patient to foot the bill.
Although checking for cancer can be a scary ordeal, knowing your status can help get you started on a plan which increases your chances of being cured. Waiting until it's too late further diminishes your health and increases your financial cost tremendously.
I can relate because my grandmother, Eva Rose Farmer, who was a nurse, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to regular exams and actively being aware of the changes in her body, she detected the cancer at an early stage and had it removed. Although it returned five years later in another area, I was still grateful to share those extra years with her that may have been lost. Because of her quick thinking and financial planning, she was able to afford all incurred costs and get treatment in the early stages of the disease.
Brave actress, mother and philanthropist, Angelina Jolie, was recently highlighted for her decision to remove her breasts when she learned she was prone to a gene that could cause breast cancer. "I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made," Jolie wrote. "My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent." Read full article
Just like my grandmother and Angelina Jolie, countless other women have learned that seeking early treatment can be a true life saver. Remember, being proactive is always better than being reactive. Encourage someone you know today to get tested for breast cancer or at least do simple self-checks that help monitor your health and can save you financially in the long run.