1.4 million People mostly in the developed world, will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this year. Of these 694,000 will die: Furthermore 75% - 95% of these colon cancers happen to people with no genetic risk what so ever. In other words, just because your parents did not have this terrible disease, does not mean you will not get it. With this in-mind and bearing in mind the massive increase in Bowel cancers in the developed world it is vital you pass simple tests in order to minimize your risk.
Possible symptoms of bowel cancer are as follows:
Bleeding from the bottom or blood in the stools (faeces)
A change in bowel habit (more frequent, looser stools)
Unexplained weight loss and/or tiredness
Be aware there are many others but the above are the most common symptoms.
What can I do to minimise the risk of bowel cancer?
Reduce your daily consumption of fatty products
Reduce your daily intake of alcohol
Reduce your consumption of red meats
Reduce or stop smoking
Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day
Get regular exercise.
Authors note: It is a well known fact that people are embarrassed to pass tests for bowel cancer. Do not be
Freelance journalist and author
Credits and Sources: The cancer genome atlas, BBC.UK and my friends at Wikipedia for the pictures.