Expatriate healthcare insurance customers might want to think about being more open with their doctors about sensitive issues.
According to recent comments from Deborah Gilbert, head of development for Bowel & Cancer Research, bowel cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat.
However, people's reluctance to discuss the matter with their healthcare provider often means that treatment is left to late.
"In terms of bowel cancer, people need to be less reluctant to discuss bowel problems with their GP," she explained.
"Bowel cancer, at the same time as being the second biggest cancer killer, is one of the easiest to cure when diagnosed early because it can be successfully dealt with surgically."
Ms Gilbert noted that when the disease is caught early, nine out of ten people are expected to survive. But if left too late, then one in two are likely to die.