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breast cancer awareness month

Breast cancer awareness month

We see the pink ribbons everywhere during October, reminding ourselves of the battle we are facing against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer after skin according to the National Breast Cancer Association. The focus of this campaign is about the importance of preventive care, meaning: all of the things you can do to lower your risks. This is an appropriate time to get your annual physical check-up and also, to encourage others to do the same.

According to the National Breast Cancer Association: about 1 in 8 U.S. women — 12% — will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. As of June 2016, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This figure includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.

According to studies, prevention is key. Getting regular check-ups, fostering healthy habits like eating better, exercising, quitting smoking and keeping stress to a minimum will make a difference. Remember: “the more you know.”

You can find ways to help this cause; you can donate to different charities, join a race or walk in your town, volunteer and become an advocate for hope. But the most important one: learn how to listen and be a supportive friend or partner to those affected, make sure they have a good supporting system to face this battle.

Also, Taking the time to be proactive about your health can help lower the risk of getting caught unprepared, taking charge does not mean you’re a pessimist getting ready for the worst case scenario, it means you are protected in case you fall ill or are unable to take care of yourself. Making sure your legal health is in a good state, such as updating your estate planning and other legal documents, will help give you and your loved ones the peace of mind in the case that something happens.

If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Rocket Lawyer’s Estate Planning Guide will provide you with an excellent overview, from important things to include in your will to the difference between a Living Will and a Power of Attorney. Start your estate plan today.

Spread the message of prevention and early detection, encourage your friends to take charge and show your support to those fighting this battle.

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