Cervical Cancer Prevention

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Posted 20th January 2021 by James Holden

Covid-19 may be the virus everyone is currently talking about right now, but this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (18th January – 24th January 2021) Protect Line is drawing attention to another virus that is unfortunately leading to the deaths of 850+ women every year here in the United Kingdom.

HPV is a virus which is mainly transmitted through skin-on-skin or sexual contact with either a man or a woman. There are 100 types of HPV and most are harmless, however two strains in particular (HPV 16 and HPV 18) can cause abnormal changes to the cells of a woman’s cervix which can eventually lead to Cervical Cancer. Currently, girls and boys aged 12-13 in England are routinely offered the HPV vaccine which can help protect against Cervical Cancer later in life.

Cervical Cancer often doesn’t develop symptoms, so women are often blissfully unaware they have it. If you do have symptoms though, the most common is vaginal bleeding which occurs during or after sex, in between periods, or new bleeding after you have been through the menopause. Speak to a GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

The best way to protect yourself against Cervical Cancer is through the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Women between the age of 25 and 64 will be invited, once every 3-5 years, to have a small sample of cells taken from the cervix which is checked under a microscope for abnormalities. It is important you attend these screenings as 99.8% of Cervical Cancer cases are preventable, but left undetected there is only a 51% rate of survival.

Click here to visit the NHS website for more information.

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Cervical Cancer Life Insurance & Critical Illness Cover

All standard life insurance plans will pay-out for deaths from Cervical Cancer, providing you have not been diagnosed with it previously or it has been specified otherwise.

Some Critical Illness Cover will pay-out for Cervical Cancer but this mostly depends what stage of treatment you require. Stages 1 to 2 of Cervical Cancer are usually treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Stages 3 and 4 are more serious as the cancer has spread and could also require surgery, targeted drugs or symptom control.

If you’ve had Cervical Cancer previously and are interested in life insurance then it’s a good idea to use a qualified broker, such as Protect Line, who can search the market for a specialist insurance company which will offer you a suitable policy based on your personal medical history.

Get Yourself Protected

Get a quote for Life Insurance of Critical Illness from Protect Line.

Protection plans with no investment element will have no cash-in value at any time and will cease at the end of the term. If premiums are not maintained then cover will lapse.
Critical illness plans may not cover all definitions of a critical illness. The definitions vary between product providers and will be described in the Key Features and Policy Document if you go ahead with a plan.