Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month

Article published on 13th June 2008

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This month marks the 11th annual Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month, designed to raise awareness of the common male cancers (like prostate and testicular).

However the month also highlights the need for life insurance and critical illness insurance.

A new survey by the charity shows that British men are largely ignorant of the threats facing them in terms of which cancers they are more likely to develop. 35,000 men are diagnosed as having cancer every year.

It is worth taking the opportunity presented by this month to restate the importance of critical illness insurance, income protection insurance and life insurance, just in case of tragic and/or unexpected events in our lives.

Obviously, critical illness insurance can be of great value if critical illness forces you out of work for a period, causing you to incur costs associated with treatment, palliative care and even loss of income. Something very similar can be said for income protection insurance, which covers the loss of regular income of the person.

Life insurance, though often an uncomfortable and distressing consideration, can be a great help to family and loved ones left behind if a critical illness cannot be cured and causes death. The lump sum given from the life insurance will not only over all the death duties and funeral costs, but will give your loved ones something to replace the income lost with your death - an important consideration if there are children or other dependants to think about. With life insurance, loved ones won't be forced into the workplace to replace what they lose with your death in terms of finance.

If the family has two incomes then chances are their home will be in a higher tax bracket, so both partners should consider risk life assurance, not just males who may or may not be susceptible to the cancers that awareness is being raised about this month.

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