The odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in about 292 million (292,201,338 to be exact). Yet, I read an article that said even when the jackpot is low, an average of 30 million people buy. When the jackpot is high, that number can grow to 300 million.
Them’s some long odds. Yet that doesn’t stop people from betting.
But here’s the really weird thing. When it comes to something even more important than money, like their life, people won’t do simple things, even when the odds are much more in their favor.
For starters, if you never smoke, you’ll reduce your chance of getting lung cancer by 80% to 90%. And if you make sure your kids get the HPV vaccine, you’ll keep them from getting a whole bunch of cancers, ranging from head and neck to cervical. Think about that. A vaccine that means your kids have a 0% chance of ever getting certain kinds of cancers. Definite no-brainer.
Easy Squeezy Screening
Then there’s screening. Some of our most common and deadly cancers are ones that can be caught early and stopped! So what’s going on? Here in Louisiana, we have the 3rd highest death rate from colorectal cancer, yet caught early and there’s a 90% chance you’ll survive!
And since colorectal screening is covered by just about all insurance, and there are several ways to do it, everyone of average risk (no family history, etc.) should start getting screened regularly at age 50. Just talk to your doctor. That goes double for everyone who is Cajun or African American. Your risk is higher – so talk to your doctor and be sure to follow through on screening, diagnosis and treatment!
Other big problems for Louisiana? We have 2nd highest breast cancer death rate, which if caught early, is 99% survivable, as well as one of the highest cervical cancer death rates - and that’s a disease no one should ever die from! Y’all, there’s no reason for these deaths – especially because LCP’s own Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) offers no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to women who qualify. And that also means help to meet all the costs of screening (co-pays, transportation, etc.), as well as guidance on how to get it done. So don’t put it off any longer. Go to lpchp.org or call 1-888-599-1073. Put the odds in your favor!
LCP Communications Manager