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Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer prevention

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK.

Bowel Cancer - Causes and Prevention

Bowel Cancer – Causes and Prevention

Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.

More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over.

But bowel cancer can affect anyone of any age.

More than 2,500 new cases are diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50.

1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.

Bowel Cancer and Obesity

Bowel Cancer and Obesity

Bowel Cancer – Reducing your risk

Four simple steps to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer

 

Diet

Prevent Bowel Cancer eating healthy food

Prevent Bowel Cancer eating healthy food

You can reduce your risk of bowel cancer by taking some simple steps to improve your diet.

  • Avoid processed meat and limit red meat
  • Eat plenty of fibre from wholegrains, pulses, veg and fruit
  • Be a healthy body weight

 

Physical activity

People who are more physically active, have a lower risk of bowel cancer. Being active can help you  maintain a healthy body weight and makes you feel good.

Physical activity lower the risk of Bowel Cancer

Physical activity lower the risk of Bowel Cancer

Try to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity such as brisk walking, five times a week. As fitness improves, aim for 60 minutes. If you don’t do much physical activity, try starting with 10 minutes and increase the time gradually. It doesn’t have to be about working out in a gym. Enjoy it!

 

Alcohol

Do not drink alcohol at all if you want to prevent the risk of Bowel Cancer

Do not drink alcohol at all if you want to prevent the risk of Bowel Cancer

 Alcohol is linked to seven types of cancer including bowel cancer. It is estimated that about 6 out of 100 bowel cancers (6%) in the UK are linked to alcohol.

For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol at all. If you do drink alcohol, keep it as low as possible with an upper limit of no more than 14 units a week and try to spread it out over the week. Remember to have at least two alcohol free days a week.

This recommendation is for men and women.

 

Smoking

An estimated 7% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are linked to tobacco smoking.

Bowel cancer risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

Smoking increases the risk of Bowel Cancer

Smoking increases the risk of Bowel Cancer

We know that smokers are more likely to develop polyps (non-cancerous growths in the bowel) which could turn into cancer if not discovered.