Don't be afraid to talk about bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. There are 40,000 new cases every year. Nine in ten cases are in people over 60. If you’re aged 60-74, there is a screening programme for bowel cancer. Ask your GP about it.

You’re also at increased risk if you have a family history of the disease, smoke, drink, have a diet high in fat and low in fibre, are overweight and don’t exercise.

Look out for:

- Bleeding from your back passage and/or blood in your stools (your crap)

- A change in bowel habit lasting for 3 weeks or more especially to looser or runny stools

- Unexplained weight loss

- Extreme tiredness for no reason

- A pain or lump in your stomach area.

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1 Reply

  • Great post. Very informative and pointing people in the right direction.

    I wanted to reiterate the importance of physical activity as being a linchpin for addressing other areas of health.

    This video relates to Europe and the risks of physical inactivity across the continent but the point is made clearly: find ways to move more! It does not have to be running a marathon but finding ways to increase that amount we are moving on a daily basis is very important.

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