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World Cancer Day 2024 – Cancer Life Insurance Guide

World Cancer Day takes place on the 4th of February every year and is intended to raise international awareness of cancer education and support that is needed globally. This awareness day was established by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Since 2022, the theme of World Cancer Day has been to ‘Close the Care Gap’ for cancer patients, survivors and their families. This is an ongoing campaign to make life saving resources and treatment available to people throughout the World, no matter their circumstances or background.

If you have had cancer in the past, it’s easy to assume that you won’t be able to get life insurance or it will be too expensive. This often isn’t true, and you should speak to a cancer life insurance expert for advice about what options are available to protect your loved ones financially.

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60-Second Summary – World Cancer Day 2024

World Cancer Day is celebrated globally on February 4th each year to raise international awareness about cancer education and support. It was established by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2000.

  • The theme for World Cancer Day since 2022 is ‘Close the Care Gap,’ focusing on providing life-saving resources and treatment for cancer patients, survivors, and their families worldwide.
  • Ways to get involved in World Cancer Day 2024 include fundraising or donating to cancer charities, sharing information on social media to encourage early diagnosis, and advocating for better cancer services by contacting local politicians.
  • Various support services are available for cancer patients in the UK, including NHS services and a wide range of amazing charities.
  • We are proud partners with the Pink Ribbon Foundation, helping to provide information and resources about insurance for those affected by breast cancer including current patients, survivors and their families.

World Cancer Day has been taking place globally since the year 2000 and always happens on February 4th. Cancer charities across the World use this day as an opportunity to raise even more awareness of cancer, to promote higher rates for early diagnosis and better treatment outcomes.

Why is February 4th World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day is held on February 4th every year as it was initially founded at the World Summit Against Cancer in 2000, which took place on February 4th. Ever since then, this awareness day has grown bigger and bigger, with more outreach, exposure and campaigning across the globe.

This video below explains more about the current ‘Close the Care Gap’ campaign that is being run by the UICC and the importance of working together to make a difference.

World Cancer Day 2024 – Campaign Video

There are many different ways to get involved and support World Cancer Day 2024. This includes things like:

  • Fundraising for or donating to any of the amazing cancer charities operating in the UK
  • Sharing resources and information about cancer symptoms on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram or TikTok to encourage early diagnosis
  • ‘Advocate for action’ by writing to a local politician to ask them to commit to better cancer services and support in your area.

There are even more great suggestions for how to get involved on the World Cancer Day website which you can read here: Close the Care Gap Campaign

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Living with a cancer diagnosis can be extremely tough and it can also be hard for the people you care about most. There are various support services available in the UK which can offer resources and information about living with cancer – or even just a friendly and impartial person to talk to about how you are feeling.

This includes NHS cancer services as well as top UK charities like Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and our current charity partner the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Iam|INSURED works in partnership with leading UK breast cancer charity the Pink Ribbon Foundation, helping to offer information and resources about insurance before, during and after breast cancer.

We take immense pride in our partnership with this incredible organisation who work hard to support people with breast cancer throughout the UK. They operate by granting trusts to other charities to help support them with all of the wonderful work that they do.

By supporting Pink Ribbon Foundation, this also lends support to the hundreds of charities and organisations who receive their grants each and every year.

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Pink Ribbon Foundation

Telephone – 01689 858877
Email – enquiries@pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk
Website – PinkRibbonFoundation.org.uk

About the Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the need of people suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and it’s early detection and treatment.

There are a large number of such charities in the UK, each as deserving as the next. Many of the charities supported are the smaller ones which operate on a shoestring.

Follow Pink Ribbon Foundation on social media:

Facebook – @PinkRibbonFoundation

Instagram – @PinkRibbonFoundation

If you were to die due to cancer and you already have a life insurance policy, your insurance provider should pay out a cash lump sum to your loved ones. This is because standard life insurance won’t exclude pre-existing conditions as a reason to claim, as long as you were honest about your medical history when you applied.

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If you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, standard life insurance policies won’t usually be available to you, but there are often alternatives which can provide much needed financial protection for your loved ones.

If you have recovered from cancer or have a family history of cancer, this can also make applying for life insurance feel daunting or too difficult. In situations like this, it’s always best to speak to a medical life insurance expert and we have more information available in our full Life Insurance with Cancer Guide 2024.

Getting life insurance after cancer doesn’t have to be overly expensive and with the right guidance, you can get affordable and suitable cover to protect your family and your home.

For free and friendly life insurance advice, you can call our experts on 0800 009 6559 or click here.

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Is it worth paying for life insurance?

Yes, if you’ve got children or financial dependents then you should have life insurance to protect them if you die. Martin Lewis and the Financial Conduct Authority recommend that you take out life insurance to protect your family and your home. Generally, life insurance premiums start from as little as £5 per month and will be cheaper for younger adults.

Common myths about life insurance:

  • Life insurance won’t pay out (pays out 98% of claims)
  • People with medical conditions can’t have life insurance
  • Life insurance is expensive
  • Savings can be just as effective as life insurance
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What is the average cost of life insurance per month?

Based on recent research carried out, the average cost of life insurance is approximately £38 per month and the average level of cover is £152,000. Life insurance premiums also vary dramatically from one insurance provider to another and you can reduce your monthly premiums by shopping around.

Fundamentally, life insurance premiums vary depending on your age, health and the amount of cover that you need, starting from as little as £5 per month. You can also get life insurance to protect your family and your home against financial loss if you die.

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What does life insurance cover you for?

Life insurance is a monthly renewable ‘term insurance’ contract that pays out a cash lump sum or regular payments on death to your family or beneficiaries. Policies are most commonly used for family protection or mortgage protection for your loved ones if you die and your household income reduces, plus the additional issues of losing a parent or carer.

Traditional life insurance will not exclude any pre-existing medical conditions and will cover suicide after 12 or 24 months. You can also use life insurance for business protection purposes as well as tax-efficient business life insurance for directors or key people.

What are the disadvantages of life insurance?

The biggest and most common problem that consumers have with life insurance is the cost and the monthly premiums. This is the top reason for policy cancellations and why more people don’t take out life insurance to protect their family.

Another key disadvantage with life insurance is that it holds no investment value, nor can you cash it in. Life insurance works like any other traditional general insurance policy (e.g. car insurance, house insurance, pet insurance etc.), you pay a monthly premium and it will pay out in the event of a claim. Some people decide to use savings instead of taking out life insurance but you need to make sure that you have sufficient savings to cover the costs of death for your family.

Why do I need life insurance?

The fact is that nobody actually ‘needs’ life insurance, but it is strongly recommended that families and couples have cover to protect their loved ones in the event of death. Martin Lewis recommends life insurance and says “this is something that every parent, partner, or person with any other type of dependent needs to consider”.

Life insurance financially protects your loved ones if you die and pays out a cash lump sum to repay your mortgage, pay for school fees, replace lost income, and pay for regular outgoings. Mortgage life insurance is not linked to your mortgage debt so you can use it to pay off some or all of your mortgage.

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