October is

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram — the screening test for breast cancer — can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. And, don’t forget, if you are enrolled in Pearson Benefits, your in-network mammogram is covered at 100%. That’s right, it’s free.

What we often don’t hear much about is that men can also have breast cancer. While the number of men with breast cancer is relatively small, it is important to remember that it does happen. In 2019, it is estimated there will be 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer among men and 500 breast cancer deaths. Speak with your doctor during your annual physical (also covered at 100% in-network) about any concerns you may have.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early and offer support to those afflicted with the disease. Make a difference! Visit The American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for activities you can participate in, as well as your state and local government’s websites. If you don’t see anything scheduled locally, consider starting something!