Those with overseas health insurance could reduce their risk of developing bowel cancer by ensuring they consume a healthy diet.
According to Dr Lara Bennett, scientific advisor at the Association for International Cancer Research, eating food such as fruit and vegetables and avoiding saturated fats and processed meats could lower the chance of getting the disease.
Such a diet could be implemented in conjunction with a lifestyle involving physical activity, as bowel cancer is more likely to develop in those with poor eating and exercise habits, Dr Bennett added.
Cessation of smoking is also helpful for avoiding this condition.
She explained: "Having a lower body weight and being more physically active [combined] with a diet high in fruits and vegetables [reduces the risk]."
Beating Bowel Cancer chief executive Mark Flannagan said that greater understanding of the disease among the public, including expatriates with international healthcare insurance policies, could help save lives.