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“79,000 UK cancer cases could be prevented each year” | World Cancer Day

4th February is World Cancer Day. Here’s a quick breakdown of the campaign’s aims, some encouraging statistics on the reduction of cancer cases and a short introduction to getting travel insurance that covers the disease.

This year’s World Cancer Day campaign is based on the theme of ‘Together it is possible’. It’s designed to spread the message that if every person, organisation and government in the world does their part, premature deaths caused by cancer can be reduced significantly. The target is to cut premature cancer deaths by 25% by 2025.

Cancer is a disease that touches everyone’s lives. It’s one of world’s most deadly diseases and its incidence continues to rise. Each year 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. They’re alarming figures. But there is hope for the future.

The World Health Organisation believe that 30 out of every 100 cases of cancer could be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle or immunising against cancer-causing infections. In the UK, it’s thought that eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy bodyweight could prevent about 79,000 cases of cancer each year. You can find out more at

Cancer and travel insurance

A cancer diagnosis in your medical history can make it difficult to get good travel insurance at a fair price. Premiums can get very expensive. And some insurers may simply refuse to cover you altogether. However, if you do not declare the condition you risk invalidating your entire policy, which would be the same as travelling uninsured.

At World First Travel Insurance we offer affordable cancer travel insurance that gives travellers the cover they need to holiday in confidence. Our policies include cover for cancellation, travel delays, baggage loss, £5 million worth of medical cover and much more. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have received the all clear, you don’t have to break the bank to get good travel insurance.

Visit our cancer travel insurance pages to find out more.

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