Bright Grey has upgraded its critical illness definition for cancer by extending cover for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia where a clear diagnosis is made but it has not progressed to Binet Stage A.
This definition goes beyond the ABI’s statement of best practice and is therefore classed as ABI+.
Skin cancers basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma where they have invaded and spread to lymph nodes or transmitted to distant organs; have also been included.
Basal cell carcinoma is a cancer of the basal cells at the bottom of the epidermis. It accounts for 75% of all skin cancers in the UK, according to MacMillan Cancer Support.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a cancer of the cells (called keratinocytes) found in the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis). It’s the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK – making up 20% of skin cancer cases.