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It’s been in the news a lot. Many travel insurers are charging cancer patients a fortune for a policy. We are not one of them - and can provide cancer travel insurance at a price that’s fair. Just ask the travel-lover who was going to cancel her cruise until she found World First. 

Arranging travel insurance can be difficult when you are living with a medical condition. That’s especially true for cancer patients. Some insurers charge prohibitively high premiums - as much as 60 times over the odds - while other insurers may refuse to cover you altogether.

World First is different. We provide quality travel cover for cancer patients at a price that’s fair.

But don’t just take our word for it.

“The holiday we didn’t think would happen”

Recently a World First customer posted a review about us on consumer review community Trustpilot. We will preserve anonymity in this article, but you can read the original review here.

Here’s what our customer had to say about her experience with us.

“When most insurers didn't want to know, World First enabled me to go on holiday with my husband for a week’s cruise. I have secondary breast cancer and I was getting quotes of £2,000 pounds for travel insurance. World First had totally different questions regarding my health, and I was quoted £80 for a week’s cruise insurance. We are just back from a wonderful holiday thanks to World First and I would highly recommend them. God willing we might even manage another holiday. I have been telling everyone at the Oncology Unit how helpful and considerate they were and I hope that many more people can get insurance through them, especially when most insurance companies don't want to know or make it financially impossible to afford holiday insurance. Thank you.”

How are we able to offer such affordable policies?

Our customer was receiving quotes of £2,000 before she found World First. We gave her a policy for just £80. How are we able to offer such affordable cancer travel insurance?

We’re glad you asked.

World First is one of a handful of insurers using a new, sophisticated type of medical screening system. It allows you to give us more detail about your condition and how you manage it. So instead of making sweeping generalisations about your health based on a simple form, we can make an informed opinion based on the nuances of your condition. It’s all about you. In many cases that means our customers get far cheaper quotes than they have received elsewhere.

>> Read more about our medical screening system

The unfortunate truth is that cancer is common. Around 2.5 million people in the UK are living with the condition. Yet no two cancers are the same, just as no two people are the same. And thanks to advances in treatment, many patients or survivors are able to lead perfectly normal lives. Shouldn’t the price of cancer travel insurance reflect that? We think so. And if you are reading this, the chances are you think the same.

That’s why we provide cover for many different kinds of cancer - regardless of type, category or grade. Unlike many insurers we may also be able to cover you if your cancer has spread, if you have had chemotherapy in the last three months or are undergoing IV chemotherapy, are taking strong painkillers or have a terminal prognosis. And if we can't cover you, then we can refer you to people who can. The message is simple: try us!

What does World First’s cancer travel insurance include?

Of course, there’s much more to a travel insurance policy than the price. With World First you can rest assured that low cost does not mean low quality.

Take out a policy with us online and you can get up to £10 million medical cover, including the cost of replacing lost medication. You will also have access to 24/7 emergency support. On top of that you can expect all the regular benefits too - such as up to £5,000 cover if you need to cancel your holiday or jet home early, £750 for missed departures and £2,000 worth of possessions cover if anything goes walkabout. All with just a £50 excess. You can also get cover for £1,000 worth of gadgets, £400 worth of cash and £750 to change accommodation in the event of a natural disaster.

It’s comprehensive stuff. And if you need more cover, we can make it happen if you skip the website and call us on 0345 90 80 161.

>> Find out more about our cancer travel insurance policies

We come from a place of understanding

The reason some insurers quote high for cancer travel insurance is because they get jittery about the risk of a claim. That seems too simplistic and knee-jerk for us. Maybe it’s because our underwriters - the folks who calculate the risk - are partly staffed by medical professionals. Or perhaps it’s because our customer service team are expert communicators with solid medical understanding.

Nobody illustrates that point better than Mel Sampson, our customer service rep who is currently chasing a PhD in cancer research - specifically the mechanisms of tumour metastasis. You can read more about Mel’s story below.

>> The World First customer service rep chasing a PhD in cancer research

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