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There are two million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK.One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. Each year, over 300,000 men, women and children in the UK face up to the emotional and physical hardships of a cancer diagnosis. The good news is that more people are diagnosed at a stage where they can be treated. Even better, more people are now surviving cancer than dying from it.

For many, the strain of coping with their illness is made worse by the financial impact of the cancer. Some people will stop work, others will take time off for treatment, while some will work around having treatment. This can lead to a reduction in income at the same time as extra costs to pay for hospital visits and prescriptions.

There is an array of medical and other help, as specialist charities, researchers and medical professionals gain and spread knowledge. This guide looks at key insurances available to mitigate the effects of cancer, why people with cancer may need specialist travel insurance, and how having cancer impacts travel, life and income protection insurance.

The hidden costs of cancer

People diagnosed with cancer may have financial pressure as they have shorter working hours and additional costs such as transport to go to and from regular treatment. Research from Macmillan Cancer Research shows four in five cancer patients are hit with an average cost of £570 a month as a result of their illness. The gruelling physical and emotional impact of cancer is hard enough without the additional burden of money worries. 

Insurance

Insurance can help reduce financial pressure, so you can focus on getting better. Policies such as a healthcare plan, cancer cash, critical illness cover and income protection policies can be particularly useful. If you have, have had, or have a family history of cancer, you may face higher premiums, refusal to cover, or restricted cover.

Thinking about cancer insurance?

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Cancer insurance guide

  • Health insurance and cancer
  • Cancer cash insurance
  • Travel insurance for cancer patients
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Income protection insurance

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