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Critical illness cover for cancer

Cancer is a disease caused by normal cells changing so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. The uncontrolled growth causes a lump called a tumour to form. If not treated, the tumour can cause problems.


There are over 200 different types of cancer because there are over 200 different types of body cells. For example, cells that make up the lungs can cause a lung cancer.


Every year in the UK:

  • 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • 20,000 men are diagnosed with lung cancer
  • 2000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer

An increasing number of people survive cancer and even recover fully.


There are many cancer treatments - including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, bisphosphonates, bone marrow and stem cell transplants, and biological therapies.


Cancer is the most common claim under critical illness.


Special cover just for cancer, is on offer.


Choosing just cancer cover, rather than a full critical illness policy is a gamble and it may not even save you money.


Most cancer covers do not cover all or even most cancers, but a pre-selected small list.

Types of cover:  Index