This section covers some of the most common cancers in the UK today.
What is cancer?
Cancer is a group of conditions where the body’s cells begin to grow and reproduce in an uncontrollable way. Cancer cells can then destroy healthy tissue and organs. Cancer can begin in one part of the body and spread to other parts in a process called metastasis.
How common is cancer?
Cancers are one of the most common causes of long term ill-health in the UK, with around 298,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year. More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime.
How can I prevent cancer?
Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and avoiding smoking will all help to lower your risk.
How is cancer treated?
Oncology is the area of medicine that deals with cancers. Treatments for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Cancer cover is an option for most health insurance plans.
If access to Specialist Treatment centres is important, choose a policy with London Hospital coverage.