How to try to prevent bowel cancer

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise on ways in which we know you can continue to
reduce your personal risk of bowel cancer.

These are:
Dietary changes — you should aim to eat a diet that is high in dietary fibre.
This includes fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, pulses (lentils and beans). Porridge and wheat based cereals are good breakfast options.

It is recommended that you don’t eat too much red meat and new evidence suggests that you should avoid processed meat (ham, bacon, salami).
You should drink plenty of water every day. These changes help food waste move through your digestive system more quickly
. Stop smoking
suggests that you are more likely to be successful in quitting smoking if you do it with support
. Keep your weight within a healthy range (BMI 18.5-25) — your GP can help you with this
. Be moe physically active — this will help you to lose weight and helps your bowel function
more efficiently by moving food waste through your bowel more quickly

. Reduce your alcohol intake — current guidelines recommend no more than 14 units of alcohol per week for men and women

(1 unit is equal to half a pint, a single spirit measure or half a small glass of wine)

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