Bowels remain one of our society’s last taboos and men are particularly reluctant to discuss anything relating to their bowel function. The problem is that this reluctance is putting men’s lives at risk.
The message about eating a healthy balanced diet is one that doctors and nutritionists have been repeating for decades. The “Five a Day” mantra about consuming a minimum of five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day has passed into common parlance, even among some children.
World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day on May 19 shines a spotlight on two chronic and incurable conditions – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – which are sometimes referred to as “invisible diseases”.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer with around 110 new diagnoses every day (or around 41,700 a year). The disease occurs most commonly in people aged between 85 and 89, although it can affect people of any age. Incidence rates for bowel cancer have remained fairly constant since the early 1990s and…
As the Festive season gets into full swing, many of us will be eating and drinking far more than we normally do. From the Christmas lunch to the office party to the mince pies and sherry, this time of year is an invitation to let our hair down (and maybe let our belt out a…
One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. The disease claims over 16,000 lives a year in the UK, making it the second biggest cancer killer. It is most common in the over 50s, accounting for nine out of 10 new cases.
What is it like to have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? Unless you have the condition yourself or are close to someone who does, it’s not always easy to understand. Some doctors refer to it as an “invisible illness” because it often goes undiagnosed and is widely misunderstood.