Thousands of British holidaymakers who have had cancer have been denied travel insurance despite being diagnosed a decade ago, a new survey by Macmillan Cancer Support suggests.

Tuesday 18 July 2017      General
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The survey of more than 2,000 people who have had cancer – conducted by YouGov – found that:

  • An estimated 8,500 British holidaymakers (2%) who applied for travel insurance following a cancer diagnosis were unable to get a policy despite the fact that they were diagnosed with cancer a decade ago
  • An estimated 7,500 Brits (1%) who have ever had cancer and took out single trip or annual travel insurance paid £1,000 or more for their policy
  • On average people with cancer paid £133 for their policies – nearly four times the average cost of an annual travel policy for the general public, just £37

Fiona Hazell, Director of Policy and Communications at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“We know that many women living with and beyond breast cancer unfortunately often face difficulties in accessing the best possible travel insurance, and we hope the reasons behind this can now be understood and addressed.

“More women are being diagnosed with – and surviving – breast cancer than ever before in the UK. The chance to get away, whether for relaxation or adventure, after patients’ active treatment has finished can be so important to their quality of life, and it’s concerning that many may face challenges in doing so.

“Similarly, for so many women living with incurable breast cancer, the chance to travel and create memories with their loved ones is absolutely priceless. It’s vital that action is now taken to ensure all cancer patients have fair access to these life-giving opportunities.”

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