It’s Movember time again!
Movember is a great way to raise awareness of men’s health issues and a timely reminder of the importance of trauma insurance
You know it must be November when strange facial growths start appearing in workplaces around the country.
November is now firmly established as Movember—the month when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to raise money for men’s health issues such as depression and prostate cancer.
And we’re getting into the spirit of things at AMP. The AMP Foundation is encouraging all AMP employees to ditch their razors and grow a mo’ for charity by matching funds raised – dollar for dollar up to a company-wide total of $10,000.
If you’d also like to join the Movember party, you can find out more about how to raise money at au.movember.com.
Get a check-up!
It’s for a good cause. Men tend to lack awareness about health issues in general and can be reluctant to see a doctor about an illness or go for regular medical checks.
But the reality is that one in eight Australian men will develop prostate cancer by the age of 75...and one in six by the age of 851. Around 120,000 Australian men are living with prostate cancer, and it is predicted that number will increase to 267,000 by 20172.
So it’s important to take your mental and physical health seriously and seek help if you think there might be a problem.
Trauma protection—a vital safety net
It’s also important to make sure you’re fully protected. Nobody likes to think about the possibility of suffering a serious illness or injury. But unfortunately, trauma can be more common than you might think.
As advances in medicine and technology continue, there are a number of illnesses that are being picked up earlier than they previously would have. This means that more people are both suffering from, and surviving these events in comparison to the past. The reality is that one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before they are 853.
You can make plans to support yourself and your family should the unexpected happen. Trauma insurance can help you pay essential bills and maintain your quality of life if you suffer a serious illness or injury that is covered in your plan.
If the time does come to make a claim, we will be there for you every step of the way. In 2013, AMP paid out $83.9 million in trauma insurance alone4.
You can find out more about how you can protect yourself and your family from illness and injury at amp.com.au/insurance.
1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. no. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.
3 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia’s Health 2013.
4 Source: Claims Paid 2013, AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited Claims.
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