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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Minimising Risk

Diet & Exercise

By taking some simple steps to improve your diet and taking regular exercise can help reduce your risk of bowel cancer. So it is important to:

  • consider what you are eating
  • eat plenty of fibre
  • eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • avoid processed meats and have no more than 500g of red meat per week
  • keep active with regular exercise
  • keep hydrated and avoid drinks containing caffeine
  • know your alcohol limits and don’t smoke
  • know the symptoms of bowel cancer and act on them if you have any concerns
  • take part in the Bowel Cancer Screening¬†Programme in your area when you are invited. This involves completing a simple test which can help identify whether further investigation is necessary

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