The Life Insurance Market
Improvement in the time it takes for cancers to be diagnosed would lead to cheaper life insurance cover, thanks to better survival rates for the disease.
The Rarer Cancers Forum thinks this can be bolstered with better access to new medicines and improvements in the way GPs are trained and educated on cancer.
Chief executive of the organisation, Andrew Wilson-Webb, says one of the major problems in the UK is that "cancer patients' staging is higher generally, than in other countries" – meaning tumours are more developed.
Mr Wilson-Webb added: "Early diagnosis will save lives right the way across the board. It needs more GP awareness and GP education."
However, in a reminder of the value of life insurance and critical illness cover, research by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation says patient survival rates from lung cancer have shown little improvement since the 1970s.
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