Cancer remains the main cause of death and illness in Leitrim, according to Irish Life, Ireland’s leading life insurer.
Irish Life has published its annual claims report for its retail business confirming that it paid out almost €1 million to customers and their families in Co Leitrim who were affected by illness and death during 2016.
These figures are part of a national report which provides a unique insight into the health of the people of Ireland, and includes a breakdown of the illnesses and conditions that led to payments by Irish Life of €171 million to 2,600 customers and their families affected by illness and death during 2016.
The analysis of the claims book shows that Irish Life paid €828,000 for 15 Life Insurance claims in Co Leitrim and a further €109,000 for 3 Specified Illness claims.
Cancer was once again the main cause of life insurance claims in Leitrim, and heart related conditions were the main cause of specified illness claims.
In 2016, the average age of life insurance claims in Leitrim was 64 years, while the average age of those with Specified Illness claims was 53 years.
Martin Duffy, Head of Underwriting & Protection Claims, Irish Life Retail, commented on the analysis of the data; “None of us can predict the future, however our 2016 report highlights how important it is that the people of Leitrim protect themselves against any financial difficulties caused by unexpected illness or death. This is shown by the fact that accidents were the second biggest cause of life insurance claims for people under 40 years, while nearly 40% of our Specified Illness claims were for people under 50 years, which are startling figures.”
Overall, the number of people dying from cancer in Ireland is continuing to rise, as the claims data showed that over half of women (51%) and 41% of men died from cancer, up from 48% and 39% respectively in 2015.
In relation to Specified Illness claims, understandably men and women claimed for different cancer related illnesses; Breast cancer was the main cancer for women, followed by lung cancer and colorectal cancer, while for men; prostate cancer was the main cancer, followed by colorectal and kidney cancers.
Men made up 85% of Specified Illness claims for heart related conditions, highlighting another very significant gender difference.