International health insurance customers might want to discuss bowel cancer with their doctor after research has found that there is a poor level of awareness of the disease.
Conducted on behalf of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, the study found that 52 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women claim not to know any of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Furthermore, just 32 per cent were able to name two or more symptoms.
However, as the chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer Mark Flannagan explained, bowel cancer is a serious issue but it can be successfully treated in nine out of ten cases if the symptoms are spotted early enough.
"However, currently around half of bowel cancer patients are diagnosed with advanced cancer, when it is often too late," he added.
Expatriate health insurance customers can arrange an appointment with their doctor to help them learn more about the symptoms of bowel cancer.