Top tips for kicking ass against bowel cancer
KICK ass this June in support of raising awareness of bowel cancer which affects both men and women of all ages.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Australia, but it is treatable and beatable if detected early. The average age of diagnosis in Australia is 69.
- Age -the risk increases sharply and progressively from age 50.
- Family history.
- Genetic predisposition.
- In about 30 per cent of bowel cancer cases diagnosed there is a family history, hereditary contribution or a combination of both.
Signs and symptons
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding.
- A recent, persistent change in bowel habit.
- Change in shape or appearance of stools.
- Abdominal pain especially if severe.
- Unexplained anaemia.
If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your GP.
What we can change to reduce risk
- Participate in screening appropriate to your personal level of risk.
- Be physically active as part of everyday life.
- Eat wholegrains and naturally high-fibre foods.
- Avoid weight gains and increases in waist circumference.
- Avoid processed meats and limit red meat consumption.
- If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount.
- Quit smoking.
To find out more about bowel cancer, go to w: bowelcanceraustralia.org or call the Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline on 1800 555494.