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Cancer is one of the most frequent causes of death in Switzerland. However, the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the greater the chance it can be cured. Our AXA expert explains which check-ups make sense, and who will cover the costs.
According to the Federal Office of Public Health, around a third of all deaths among men and a fifth of all deaths among women in Switzerland are caused by cancer. Different types of cancer occur most frequently depending on gender. More than 50% of all cancer cases in men affect the prostate, lungs and colon, while for women, breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer are most common. The most dangerous types include cancers of the pancreas, lung and liver.
Successful treatment often depends on the disease being picked up early. If metastases have already formed, the treatment options and the chances of survival are reduced. It is therefore advisable to go for regular cancer prevention check-ups.
As there are over 200 types of cancer, it is almost impossible to identify all cases early. The relevant preventive examinations can detect colon cancer, skin cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer at an early stage. Different check-ups are recommended depending on your age and gender.
Women should have the following examinations:
The following check-ups are recommended for men:
People with an increased risk, such as smokers, should have regular checks.
Basic insurance usually only covers the costs of medically necessary treatment, which does not apply to preventive examinations. However, there are some exceptions. The following check-ups are recognized by basic insurance:
Supplementary insurance must be taken out to cover any further check-ups . It depends on the provider as to which preventive examinations are covered. AXA's supplementary health insurance “Health COMPLET” pays 100% of the costs of an annual gynecological examination. We also cover 75% of the costs of medical screening tests up to CHF 500 per year.