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.
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…
If you knew you could cut your risk of bowel cancer with just 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, would you do it? This is all it would take, according to scientists, to reduce the chances of developing bowel cancer and yet two thirds of adults aren’t aware of this.
Detecting bowel cancer early can hugely increase your chance of survival. Nine out of ten cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught in the early stages before they have spread. Rapid detection of bowel cancer really does save lives.