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Cancer Remains Number One Cause of Disability
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:10

For the 12th year cancer is the number one reason for disability insurance claims.

Cancer was followed closely by back disorders, according to the most recent claims data for 2012.

According to one of the largest insurance companies, cancer claims were nearly 16 percent of that company’s Disability Insurance claims. Back disorders made up over 15 percent of claims. 

Other leading causes of long term disability claims in 2012 were:

  • Back disorders (excluding injury) 15.1%
  • Injuries 9.8%
  • Behavioral health issues 9.8%
  • Circulatory system disorders 9.0%
  • Joint disorders 8.3%

The leading causes of short term disability claims in 2012 were:

  • Normal pregnancy 18.9%
  • Injuries 10.5%
  • Complications from pregnancy 8.4%
  • Digestive disorders 8%
  • Back disorders 7.1%
  • Cancer 6.8%

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Brent D. Gardner, CLU, ChFC