Two Lessons from Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

You may be aware that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, fewer people realize that before October, is September: National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  More than 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year, slightly less than half the number who will die from breast cancer (about 39,000).  The prevalence of all forms of cancers reminds me to remind my readers of the importance of Incapacity Planning and Asset Protection Planning.

According to citing the American Cancer Society, “every year almost 22,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 15,000 die from the disease.”  According to government statistics, 207,090 women are diagnosed [with breast cancer annually] . . . and 39,840 die [from the disease].

Ovarian cancer affects women in their middle-to-later years.  9 out of 10 women who get ovarian cancer are over the age of 40, and the greatest numbers of ovarian cancers are discovered in women aged 60 years or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Asset Protection Planning and Incapacity Planning are the vital legal services where an Elder Law attorney guides the individual (or couple) through the complex Medicaid qualification, application, and approval processes.   It may be necessary to employ a complex set of asset protection strategies, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases.

Proper planning can protect the assets from nursing home creditors, allowing Americans from all walks of life to legally and ethically qualify for Medicaid and Veterans Benefits, passing on an inheritance if they so choose, and enjoy the standard of living and quality of life they prefer.

This September and October, remember the acronym, “RAP:” Recognize the risks, including your family history; Abstain from cancer-causing behavior like smoking and chronic inactivity; and Plan for the future, regardless of your current state of health.

More ovarian cancer articles you may be interested in:

Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer Research Brings Hope
Do all contraceptives lower ovarian cancer risk?
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Advance Care Plan Explained

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About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.