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Movember puts focus on Critical Illness

4th December, 2015

The opening of the first door on the advent calendar also marked the close of another successful Movember. Now also a world-leading charity changing the “face of men’s health”, Movember is a month of moustache-growing aimed to raise much-needed awareness and encourage early detection of cancers, especially among men, in the UK.

In support of Movember, leading insurance provider Aegon has also revealed a breakdown of their critical illness claims for men in the first half of 2015. Of the £10 million that has been paid out on male critical illness claims, 50% was for some form of cancer, accounting for £5 million in claims. The most common reason for claims is still prostate cancer, which accounts for nearly one in five.

Early detection is a big part of tackling cancer for men, especially at those stages of life when they are most vulnerable for certain cancers. Health can often times be a taboo subject among men, and initiatives such as Movember can be crucial in breaking through and bringing the critical illness conversation to the fore.

Events such as Movember help to tackle the on-going battle with cancer and raises awareness on the importance of early detection. But with half of the UK expected to have one form of cancer at some point in their lives, and half of those diagnosed with the disease expected to survive more than ten years, having a good critical illness plan in place in case the worse was to happen is still vital. If you would like to find out more about critical illness cover, contact us directly or have a look at our quotes page.

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