Reduce Your Risk

Who is most at risk?

  • Older people. More than 8 in 10 bowel cancer cases are found in people over 60.
  • People with existing bowel diseases such as Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
  • People with a strong family history of bowel cancer.

How to reduce your risk?

  • Eat healthy. A diet low in fat and high in fibre, fruit and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of fresh fluids, water in particular.
  • Keep your alcohol intake at a sensible level.
  • Take regular exercise to keep fit and healthy.
  • Get to know your bowel pattern, so you know what’s normal for you.
  • Stop smoking.
  • If you're 60 or over, take part in bowel cancer screening.

Eat healthy. A diet low in fat and high in fibre, fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of fresh fluids, water in particular. Keep your alcohol intake at a sensible level. Take regular exercise to keep fit and healthy. Get to know your bowel pattern, so you know what’s normal for you. Stop smoking. If you're 60 or over, take part in bowel cancer screening.

For help on a healthy lifestyle

British Heart Foundation
http://www.bhf.org.uk

NHS choices
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/

Your local health improvement service may also be able to help with a healthy lifestyle. Contact your local authority or NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for details.

Have you received a screening pack? Learn more about how to complete and return it.

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