October & November

Health Observances

In several previous issues of For Your Benefit, we have focused a great deal of attention on breast and lung cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year. While still very rare, a man’s breast cells and tissue can develop cancer also. The good news is that we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Lung Cancer awareness in November

Earlier this year we talked about World No Tobacco Day sponsored by the World Health Organization. While children were the focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, there are still millions of adults using tobacco-related products in the United States. Despite great progress in reducing smoking levels, cigarette smoking remains the number one risk factor for lung cancer and is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. In this country, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people annually – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, homicides and suicides combined.

We want to remind you that your Pearson Benefits can help in both preventive and supportive ways when dealing with breast or lung illnesses, for example:

  • When you participate in a Pearson medical plan, annual mammograms are covered at 100%
    with no cost to you
  • Your annual physical is also covered at 100%. This is so important because very often the
    exam and conversation with your doctor can help to uncover issues before they become
    bigger problems.
  • Our partners at ConsumerMedical can help you navigate the often-complicated world of
    healthcare. For example, they can provide:
    • Information to help you better understand any medical, diagnosis
      condition and treatment options.
    • Support from a team of nurses, doctors and other
      healthcare professionals.
    • Second opinions and referrals to doctors.
    • Recommendations for the best local, in-network
      doctors and hospitals for your needs.

Source: National Breast Cancer, Center for Disease Control