What Breast Cancer Awareness Month Means to Me


Since this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it makes me realize how important it is to have life insurance. When you are facing an illness, I believe it is vital to have peace of mind, knowing your family's financial future is protected. I want to take this time to remind women why you also need to have an early detection plan. A lot of us have someone in our family or know someone that has had breast cancer. For me, this was my mother-in-law. For the record, she was a wonderful woman that I loved dearly. She was my Scrabble buddy. We would get together on Sundays and play Scrabble together. I loved spending that time with her.

Early detection and prevention is so important. There are some things that we as women should be doing on a regular basis. First off, we should be getting checked by a qualified healthcare professional that will check for lumps or other changes to the breast. This is usually done on an annual basis.

Second is a self-exam performed on a monthly basis, as it is important also for early detection. According to the www.Nationalbreastcancer.org website, 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who had done a self-exam and detected something on their own.

Third, most doctors feel that once women are over the age 40, a yearly mammogram is very important. The mammogram can often show a breast lump even before it can be felt. They also show tiny clusters of calcium called micro calcifications. These lumps or clusters can be caused by cancer.

I had my own scare with this several years ago when I went for my regular annual mammogram. The mammogram showed an abnormal area so I had to go for additional testing. It was decided for me to get a biopsy to remove cells from the suspect area to check for the presence of cancer. This procedure didn’t work for me as there was an artery that was in the way. I had to have the spot removed surgically instead. We had to wait for the results to come back after the biopsy as to whether or not it was cancerous. I can say this was very nerve wracking just wondering if I had breast cancer. I can tell you from experience that was one of the most stressful times in my life. I was so relieved when they told me I did not have breast cancer. Whew! Know that you have peace of mind, I know I did when I was going through my own personal experience. And to me, it was priceless.

About the author: Pam Fortier has been in the life insurance business for over 30 years. She also holds both a LUTCF designation and a CISR designation. Pam is adept at helping clients select the coverage they want at the price they can afford. You can contact Pam at 1-800-651-1953 or PFortier@Pivot.com.