October usually makes one think of autumn and brilliant autumn colors such as orange, red and yellow. But since its inception over 25 years ago, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) brings the color pink to the forefront, as it joins the list of colors we frequently see in October.
NBCAM is a collaborative effort to promote awareness, share research and information about the disease and provide greater access to care and services. Since 2003, the incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. has remained stable. Awareness efforts appear to be effective; however, as mammography screening rates have increased leading to more cases of early detection.
Understanding risk and prevention are keys to decreasing your chances of getting breast cancer. Leading a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and moderate exercise for example, can be an effective way to help stave off this disease. And routine exams and screenings are useful tools for early detection of abnormalities.
As for breast cancer and its impact on term life insurance, you’ll be happy to know you can get coverage if you have a history of breast cancer. Of course, the life insurance company will consider many factors and your application will depend on your specific circumstances. In general, most companies will want to see that treatment has been completed and a period of time has passed with no recurrence. The more time has passed the better chances of approval and the better the premium rates.
Take a look at our newest infographic which includes current breast cancer statistics and prevention/early detection tips. We’ve even busted some of the more common breast cancer myths!