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Life Insurance After Cancer in Ireland

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Can you get life insurance after beating cancer?

If you or a loved one has a history of cancer, you’ll be relieved to hear that it is still possible to buy a life insurance policy.

But it will depend on several factors.

Making an application for life insurance after cancer:

The most important information the life insurance company will look for is:

  • When were you diagnosed with cancer?
  • What type of cancer was it?
  • What was the treatment?
  • How long are you cancer free (after treatment has ended)

In all cancer cases, the insurer will request a detailed Private Medical Report from your GP along with other hospital reports.

For most cancers there will be a postponement period of a number of years after treatment has ceased.

Unfortunately life insurance will not be available until this postponement period has ended.

Cover isn’t possible if you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

How long must you wait after cancer to get life insurance?

This depends on the type of cancer. Each type has a different postpone period – here’s a general guide:

  • Life insurance for breast cancer survivors : Initial postponement period for the first one to five years (depending on staging and grading of the cancer) after treatment has ended.
  • Life insurance for skin cancer survivors : If it hasn’t spread, you must wait three months after treatment ends. For all other cases, there’s generally a six month to two years waiting period
  • Life insurance for testicular cancer survivors : No spread, 6 months waiting period. For the majority of other testicular cancers, a postponement period of between one and two years will apply.
  • Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin lymphoma : Stages 1 and 2 – generally a postponement period from three to ten years post-treatment will apply. Stages 3 and 4 – cover will generally be declined.

How much does life insurance after cancer cost?

There’s no getting around the fact that life insurance after cancer is more expensive.

If you can get cover, the insurer will increase your premium significantly compared to someone with no history of health issues.

Normally this increase will be temporary for a period of between one to ten years.

If you’d like me to get you an indicative quote, I’ll need to see a copy of your “Histology Report” – your GP or consultant will have this.

I can then speak to my 6 insurers to ascertain your chances of success and how much your cover will cost.

Why it’s important to choose the right insurer when in remission

Here’s a recent case study:

I want to inquire with you about life assurance. My Fiance and I have been approved for a mortgage with AIB, we are due to sign the contracts on a house next week. We had a call with Irish life last regarding life assurance and they said they will postpone cover for me because I had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010. I have been in remission now since November 2010, 8 years thankfully, but it would seem they have a 10 year wait period. I have read through your website and read reviews and you seem to be the man to talk to in such a situation! I have Death in Service cover at work that will cover 3 times my salary and AIB confirmed this morning they will waive cover if I have 2 additional rejections. Obviously we would prefer to get cover in place, but failing that at least the waiver is available.

We managed to get our client cover at standard rates.

She was speechless…and no longer homeless


And here’s a recent testimonial:
cancer survivor life insurance testimonial

Over to you…

Don’t give up.

If an insurer has postponed or declined offering you cover after cancer, speak with a specialist life insurance advisor who can approach all the remaining insurers on your behalf. But make sure you pick one who knows what he’s doing, otherwise you may do more harm than good.

I can sort this out for you quick smart – get in touch by completing this short questionnaire or calling me personally on 05793 20836. In 24 hours I’ll be able to confirm whether it’s worth making a formal application to one of my insurers.

Further reading : Irish Independent Article

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