What if I have recovered from cancer?

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If you have been diagnosed with cancer in the past but have now recovered from the disease, and are officially in remission, you might think it would be easy to buy travel insurance. However, it can still be tricky to find the right policy and you might need specialist cover. Insurers also differ in their approach. Some might insure a patient who has been clear for three months; others might refuse cover for several years. But nearly all firms will insist on a letter from your doctor to confirm that you no longer have the disease and are well enough to travel.

The attitude of insurers towards cancer patients can seem harsh, but you should always be open and honest about your medical history. If you fail to disclose any relevant details, your insurer can justifiably refuse to pay a claim – and that could prove to be very expensive.