Angelina Jolie’s aunt loses battle with cancer. What are your odds?

Angelina Jolie
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Cancer seems to make the headlines week after week.

Days after we found out that Angelina Jolie’s elective double mastectomy lowered her risk of breast cancer from 87% to .4%, her aunt loses her own battle with the big “C”. Angelina’s mother also died of ovarian cancer in 2007.

Genetic testing allows us to find out if genetic mutations makes us more susceptible to various diseases, including cancer. Angelina’s brave preventative decision to undergo surgery raises the question of affordability for many women, for testing as well as treatments. Although not all forms of cancer are deadly, most cancer patients are expected to live for 5 years or longer after being diagnosed with cancer.


What are your odds to get diagnosed with cancer?

Currently it is still too expensive for the general public to get genetic testing and find out if you have a high predisposition to get cancer sometimes in your life. But genes are not the only causes of cancers. Environmental causes and lifestyle choices can also increase one’s chances to develop some form of cancer in their body. Based on the recent diagnosis in the past few years, odds are unfortunately pretty high for any of us.

According to the American Cancer Society, chances are 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime, and 1 in 3 people (male or female) will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. With odds this high, being prepared financially for high medical costs is a must.


How will you pay for your medical expenses that are not covered by your health insurance plan?

Not all expenses are covered under health insurance, including incidental travel expenses, loss of income, or alternative treatments.  Cancer insurance benefits are available and can be received as a lump sum at first diagnosis of a cancer, or monthly benefit paid as a loss of income replacement, through disability insurance.

Ask for more info on these affordable solutions, accessible to anyone: email  or call 239-LIFE-GUY


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