October is one of our favorite times of year. The kids have adjusted to the school routine, the weather turns cooler, the sky feels a little bit bluer, and pumpkin spice starts to appear in coffee and muffins everywhere. As happy autumn thoughts fill our heads, it’s important to remember that October is also one of the most important months of the year because it is when, as a nation, we turn our attention to breast cancer awareness.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is designed to send a clear message to men and women from all walks of life about the serious risks posed by breast cancer and of the need for early detection. The program is far more than wearing pink ribbons and making contributions … it’s goal is to make sure that each and every person is aware of their own risk factors, that they create an early detection plan and stick to it. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to bring awareness to all of the resources that breast cancer patients, their family and friends may need when dealing with this life-altering condition.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, and the best way to arm against the disease is through early detection. For those whose breast cancer is discovered early when it is still in a localized stage, the five-year survival rate is an impressive 98%. Early detection plans include regular breast self-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms appropriate for your age and risk factor, and it is these specific and simple actions that Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes and encourages.
For those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month shines a light on the many resources available to help patients and their community to learn and understand about the disease and the support that is available. It also serves as the backdrop to a number of wonderful fundraising efforts by organizations large and small.
Fifth Season Financial salutes all those whose efforts support and encourage breast cancer patients and cancer patients of all kinds. If advanced cancer is creating financial stress for you or a loved one, we’re here to help. Contact us to see how our Loans for Living program can ease some of the burden and stress.