The Financial Services Council has released new life insurance claims data highlighting Australia’s 10 most claimed cancers, as World Cancer Day is acknowledged around the globe.
In a statement FSC CEO Sally Loane says that the council is releasing the data so that Australians would understand the sheer volume and rates at which cancer affects the nation.
“In the year to 30 June 2019, life insurance companies paid out more than $1.55 billion to Australians for life insurance claims for cancer,” she says.
“The top 10 break down shows breast cancer claims are by far the most common, almost exclusively affecting women and occur at around double the rate of the most common cancer for men, prostate cancer. The next most common are colon, lung and skin cancers.”
She adds that KPMG on behalf of the FSC provides in-depth analysis of the causes of life insurance claims and that “this data is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world for its granularity and timeliness”.
“We know cancer doesn’t discriminate and can change lives overnight. We urge all Australians to get in touch with their life insurer or superannuation trustee to find out what their life insurance covers if they’re not sure.”