The McGrath Foundation1 was excited to announce in late 2008 that, thanks to funding provided by the Australian Government, a further 44 communities across the country will have access to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse before June 30, 2009!
McGrath Breast Care Nurses are specially trained nurses who act as patient advocates, coordinating care for women with breast cancer, their families, and carers.
Established in 2005 by Jane McGrath and her cricketing husband Glenn, the McGrath Foundation aims to both raise money to place breast care nurses in rural and regional areas across Australia and to educate young women of the importance of being breast aware.
Jane was only 31 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer but it wasn’t until she was re-diagnosed in 2003 that she first had access to a breast care nurse, an experience that changed the way she and Glenn managed cancer greatly. Not only was the breast care nurse the one person who could provide the answers to many of her medical questions but also provided Jane with the support she needed to unload her frustrations and emotions.
A sobering health check with trauma insurance
Becoming critically ill is not rare. One in four women will be diagnosed with cancer of some sort in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Of these, breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in women in Australia. In Australia each year, about 700 women under the age of 40 years are diagnosed with breast cancer2.
Interestingly, the Cancer Council of NSW3 estimates that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer can expect to incur more than $40,000 in lost productivity and other out-of-pocket expenses during their period of treatment.
How trauma insurance can help
By taking out trauma insurance (critical illness insurance), women can insure themselves for a lump sum payment if a specified critical illness, such as breast cancer, is suffered. The amount of trauma insurance needed depends on various factors, such as age, income, and debt levels.
While this payout will not rid the anguish surrounding the diagnosis, depending on the sum insured, it could assist with lost income, the costs associated with any treatment and even reduce or eliminate debt.
Breast cancer and trauma insurance
Increased awareness about cancer, screening programs, and early detection means that cancer is being increasingly diagnosed in women at an earlier stage so it can be more effectively treated. These types of early abnormalities are known as ‘pre-invasive cancers’.
If left untreated, there is an increased risk that a mass of abnormal cells or a tumour is formed and spreads to different parts of the body. These are known as malignant tumours, commonly referred to as cancer or invasive cancer, and can really bring home the potential need for critical illness insurance given the cost of treatment.
Find out more about trauma insurance
- McGrath Foundation: For more information on the McGrath Foundation or to make a donation please visit the website www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
- Statistics and research: Breast cancer statistics in Australia, www.breasthealth.com.au/statisticsresearch/
- Cancer Council of Australia: If you want more information or to see how you can help with support, hope and research visit the Cancer Council Australia website www.cancer.org.au