Doesn’t it seem like cancer is something that will happen to other people? Maybe it’s because we all want to focus on happy things or that we’re fairly optimistic people. No one thinks that cancer will strike them.
We think it will hit other people. Strangers. Not our happy families.
But the statistics show something very different.
*1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetimes.
*That was a startling fact to me. 1 in 2 men. 1 in 3 women.
(Cancer Facts and Figures,” American Cancer Society, 2017)
Thankfully though, more and more Americans are living with cancer as a manageable disease now. A diagnosis of cancer is not what it once was for many of the people being diagnosed. But whether it is a manageable disease or a much more serious fight for health and life, a cancer diagnosis can have far-reaching effects.
We think about cancer itself as the sole cause of worry and heartache, but the entire process of diagnosis through treatment and remission can be extremely difficult, as well.
I have had a lot of experience with cancer, unfortunately. I’ve had four different family members, one close friend, and one family friend all go through a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatments. I’ve seen first-hand what they all went through, including the stress of medical bills, medical coverage or lack of it, and the time and effort it took to research available coverage and treatment.
If someone I loved were diagnosed with cancer, I would want them to be able to have access to treatment that may help them. I’d want them to know exactly what their options were, medically, financially and otherwise. I would want them to be able to focus on fighting the cancer and getting better, not on anything else.
But even with major medical health coverage, most people who are diagnosed with cancer will still be responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. The added worry and stress of that kind of debt makes an already difficult experience even worse.
Because of that, Aflac now offers a policy to help – their Cancer Protection Assurance* insurance.
Aflac’s Cancer Protection Assurance helps provide financial support to cancer victims and their families. From detection and diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery, Aflac provides innovative and supportive benefits throughout the entire process. Policyholders also have access to CancerCare, where they receive emotional support from oncology social workers, support groups and online tools.
Because expenses can pile up immediately, Aflac’s Cancer Protection Assurance does everything possible to pay claims right away. There is an initial lump-sum benefit upon diagnosis, and the treatment benefits continue to pay over time as treatments and other triggers are met. Plus, the coverage is portable, so it will follow policyholders even if they change jobs or retire.
Cancer can be overwhelming, but with Aflac’s Cancer Protection Assurance, talking about it and preparing for it don’t have to be.
Learn more about how Aflac’s Cancer Protection Assurance might help someone you love.
*Aflac Cancer Protection Assurance is a cancer/specified-disease insurance policy. In Oklahoma, Policies B70100OK, B70200OK, B70300OK, B7010EPOK and B7020EPOK. Policy may not be available in all states including but not limited to Idaho, New Jersey and Virginia. The policy has limitations and exclusions that may affect benefits payable. Refer to the policy for complete details, limitations, and exclusions. For costs and complete details of the coverage, please contact your local Aflac agent.
Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.
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