October is breast cancer awareness month, and we want to show our support by spreading information and knowledge about breast cancer. Our Marketing assistant Jess is also fundraising for the breast cancer foundation. In this blog, we want to talk about the signs of cancer and what cancer covers you could get in place.

What is Breast Cancer Awareness month?

October is designated around the world as breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer month is an internationally organised health campaign that raises awareness and funds regarding the disease, its causes, prevention methods and cures. The Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand is a not-for-profit charitable trust and is the country’s foremost cancer education and awareness organisation. They are working towards a vision of zero deaths from breast cancer. Providing support, life-saving education and help fund vital research into more effective treatments. You can read more about Breast Cancer Foundation NZ here.

Signs of breast cancer:

Early detection of breast cancer, when the tumour is still small, is the best way to get results quickly. But what are the signs so you can detect them early? In the early stages of cancer, when a tumour is small, there is usually no pain and no apparent signs and symptoms, making it difficult to detect. Screening mammography is the best detection method. However, as cancer grows, apparent changes in the breast may appear, and these need to be checked by your doctor: Always be alert for new lumps or unusual pain that won’t go away. If you notice any breast changes, you must show your doctor. All of this information is from The Breast Cancer Foundation website, and you can find lots of information and advice by clicking here.

Cancer cover options:

Various providers offer add-ons to health insurance, specifically covering you if you ever fall ill with cancer. (There are also Trauma/ Critical Care Insurance covers that would provide a sum of cash if diagnosed with breast cancer.)

Let’s look at what some of the top insurers offer:

AIA: AIA Cancer Care is specialised health insurance that helps cover cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery costs. It provides unlimited cover should you be diagnosed with cancer. Cover for cancer surgery, access to tests to confirm a cancer diagnosis, Pharmac and non-Pharmac chemotherapy drugs, and other support benefits are offered. Find out more here.

Southern Cross: Cancer Assist is an affordable add-on to your Southern Cross health insurance plan. It provides you with a one-off payment, over and above your health insurance, should you be diagnosed with cancer. Use the one-off payment to spend on what’s important to you at a time when you need it most. Find out more here.

Nib: Specific health insurance plans with NIB have excellent cover for cancer care and high limits for non Pharmac Medications, you can also add Non Pharmac Plus, this gives even greater cover for cancer medications. The plans are designed to help cover the significant health costs like surgery or cancer treatment, giving you fast access to private healthcare and making it easier to get back on your feet. Find out more here.

Asteron Life: Asteron Life’s Cancer cover pays you a lump sum if you get diagnosed with cancer to help you and your family financially through recovery. With Asteron life, some of the cancer covers, will allow you to receive an advance payment as part of your Cancer Cover benefit if you’re diagnosed with any early-stage cancer. While early-stage cancer may be less severe than more advanced cancer, you may need treatment or make lifestyle changes. Find out more here.

As you can be seen, several different covers are available to assist with the financial cost of being diagnosed with cancer; we look to find the solution that best fits your situation. No one solution fits all. Nobody wants to be diagnosed with cancer; however, having the correct cover in place can help you and your family if the unfortunate happens. If you would like to speak with an adviser about different cancer cover options, please contact us.

If you want to show your support for breast cancer awareness month and help our marketing assistant raise funds for cancer research and care, click the link here to show your support; any support is greatly appreciated.