Firstly, exactly what is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in a man’s prostate gland. The prostate gland is located below the bladder near the rectum and is part of a male’s reproductive system, it’s function being to produce seminal fluid which carries a man’s sperm.
Described as being the size of a walnut, it is normal for it to enlarge with age which can sometimes cause issues in older males, such as difficulty urinating .
Prostate cancer is most commonly diagnose cancer in men and more men die of prostate cancer than women do with breast cancer.
Signs and symptoms of the disease include:
- Feeling the sudden need to urinate and finding it difficult to urinate even though it’s necessary
- Discomfort when urinating
- Finding blood in urine or semen
- Pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thigh
Risk factors include:
- Family history
- Lifestyle and diet – there is some evidence to suggest consumption of a high fat diet or processed meats increases risk of developing the disease.
Prostate cancer and travel insurance
Having prostate cancer should not stop Australians from having a great holiday, particularly as insure4less specialises in providing affordable travel insurance for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions.
For your own peace of mind, you can relax in the knowledge that you have the protection of one of the world’s largest insurers and medical emergency teams to support you whilst overseas if you suddenly suffer from a prostate cancer related illness. We ask you to declare your prostate cancer when completing your online travel insurance (normally there is no extra to pay) and then when you receive your policy via email it will confirm in writing exactly what your cover is. You can then simply travel and relax.
Here’s just a few prostate cancer travel tips:
- When flying, put your prostate cancer medicines in your take on bag – making sure you pack a little extra to allow for delays. Make sure you take medication bottles labelled with your name and the prescription information.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages during travel as they are diuretic and will make you want to urinate more frequently.
- Select healthy options when eating out wherever possible and drink plenty of water.
- Pack some fibre supplements containing psyllium and oat fibre to add to a beverage once a day.
- Don’t forget to exercise on the plane (select an aisle seat if you can) and do plenty of walking after you have arrived.
Get a quote now by using the quote form on the top right hand side of this page or by clicking here to see our policy page.