World cancer day and travelling with cancer

It was World Cancer Day yesterday– aiming to debunk the myths surrounding cancer. We thought we’d join the campaign with a new blog post and even dispel a myth of our own.

Myth number 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer

Being told that you have cancer can usually evoke feelings of shock, fear and even anger. However, speaking openly and accepting the kindness of family, friends, colleagues or doctors can help to alleviate these feelings. Plus, dealing with the disease openly can help to improve not only your experience and outcome but also the lives of others in the community.

Myth number 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer

For many cancers there are symptoms and warning signs that you can look out for and early detection is key to beating the disease. It is important that everyone including individuals, communities, health professionals and policy makers are all educated in recognising the signs and promote regular self-checks.

Myth number 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer

Common to popular belief, there is actually a lot that can be done about cancer and with the right strategies a third of the most common cancers can be prevented. A person’s lifestyle undoubtedly has a great influence over their health and quality of life. Eating healthily and exercising regularly are essential to reducing cancers and that is why public campaigns to support these are so important.

Myth number 4: I don’t have a right to cancer care

Everyone has the right to access effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms and without suffering any hardship as a consequence, however, there are great disparities in cancer outcomes between developed and developing countries. In the UK this disparity is less apparent but survival rates do differ in different regions of the country.

And finally, the myth that we want to ‘debunk’: I can’t travel with cancer

We believe everyone deserves the right to travel! Many people may worry about the large medical costs that they could face if they fall ill abroad, but our specialist cancer travel insurance can give you the peace of mind needed to relax and have a great holiday. Timing your holiday can also be crucial, so it is important to speak to a medical specialist before you travel who is able to advice on what is suitable and realistic for you.

We hope that we have helped to debunk some of the common myths about cancer but if you have anymore that you would like to share, please comment below.