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Bowel Cancer Awareness

April 12, 2018 by Tracy

We at Holistic Health are committed to providing a wholistic wellbeing service to everyone, and as such, we have important information to share with you today!

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month!!!

Did you know that Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, and that in the UK someone dies from bowel cancer every 30 minutes? This needn’t be the case as it is treatable, and curable, especially if diagnosed early. According to statistics from Bowel Cancer UK, “nearly everyone diagnosed at an early stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.”
In addition, according to Crohn’s & Colitis UK, although there is a greater chance of developing bowel cancer if you have Ulcerative Colitis (UC) or Crohn’s Disease (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease), the risk is increased for those with longstanding and extensive UC or Crohn’s Disease affecting all or much of the large bowel. The good news is that the overall number of people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease who develop bowel cancer is small.

A useful resource listing the symptoms of bowel cancer

Below are some of the risk factors (other than genetics and age) to be aware of:

- Type 2 diabetes
- Longstanding inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- A history of non-cancerous growths (polyps) in your bowel
- An unhealthy lifestyle
5 top tips for good bowel health
1. Eat healthy – lots of good fibre & protein
2. Stay hydrated (water is the key)
3. Avoid alcohol as much as possible (linked to 7 types of cancer, including bowel cancer)
4. Get active
5. Be a healthy weight
A very useful resource booklet on Good Bowel Health

The important thing to remember - if you have any of the symptoms please get yourself checked out as soon as possible! Usually it's nothing, but it's better for your peace of mind to know that all is well!
If you’re unsure whether you’re eating a bowel healthy diet, you may want to arrange an appointment with one of our very knowledgeable nutritional therapists. For further information or to make a booking please call 020 7275 8434 or email us.

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