Cancer diagnosis can lead to higher life insurance rates

Nov 18, 2010

Basic lifestyle changes can help avert a cancer diagnosis.

Since a cancer diagnosis can result in years of higher health and life insurance premiums even for those who survive it, it makes sense to stay aware of strategies that can help lower one's risk.

For example, recent data from the American Institute for Cancer Research offered some new insight into the various risk factors that can boost one's risk for a diagnosis of colon cancer.

According to the organization, one's amount of body fat can play a significant role in affecting their risk of a colon cancer diagnosis.

"This latest study adds to the already strong evidence that carrying excess body fat increases your risk of cancer. In fact, scientists now say that, after not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do for cancer prevention," said Professor Martin Wiseman of the AICR.

The other study linked alcohol consumption, especially among men, to an elevated risk of colon cancer. To help reduce such dangers, the group advises men to limit their alcohol consumption to two drinks per day, and for women to average no more than one per day.

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