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Expatriate International Health Insurance news: Cancer risk factor awareness 'should be greater'

Expatriates with international health insurance should avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices in order to reduce their risk of contracting cancer.

This is according to Dr Mark Matfield, scientific coordinator of the Association for International Cancer Research, who said that a lot of people do not know what lifestyle choices are related to the development of tumours.

Although most of the population appears to understand excessive sunlight exposure can cause skin cancer and lung cancer is often triggered through smoking, risk factors such as poor diet, alcohol use and obesity are less commonly known, he continued.

However, he questioned the utility of increasing knowledge, noting that there are still smokers although almost everyone knows it can lead to cancer.

Regardless, "improving public awareness" of risk factors "could help save lives", Mr Matfield asserted.

These comments follow a statement from Macmillan Cancer Support, which reported that 42 per cent of Britons who die have been diagnosed with cancer, with it directly causing the deaths of 64 per cent of this number.

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