Free State cancer insurance claims highest in SA

Liberty’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Philippa Peil. Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Cancer remains the biggest cause of insurance claims in the Free State. This is according to the 2016 Liberty Claim Statistics.

The numbers show that the Free State experienced 24% of claims for cancer, while cardiovascular disease was a close second at 23%. Prostate cancer was the most prominent cancer for men at 19.26%, while breast cancer at 32.32% had the highest numbers for women.

Chief Medical Officer at Liberty, Dr Philippa Peil, says that because the Free State is an agricultural society, farmers are likely to get cancer from the regular use of pesticides as well as exposure to the sun for long periods.

“Mostly men who don’t use sun block have an increased risk for sun cancers such as melanoma, basal and squamous cell skin cancers,” she said.

Peil added that constant check-ups are vital to ensure early detection, as well as prevention.

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News