Cancer is now the biggest killer in the rich-world and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist.. Sadly it is a fact that 1 in 2 of us are likely to get cancer. Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers!
So many of us are uneducated and misunderstand that our life styles and choices are what causes cancer.
I have chosen to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK as they fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. They are here to stop people dying of bowel cancer and as a thank you for them helping save my daddies life this is my way of giving something small back. Hopefully this fundraising will go towards saving many more peoples lives too.
I hope to not only raise funds but also awareness of how to prevent cancer.
I will be self funding my trip so that all funds raised go directly to the charity.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and don’t necessarily make you feel ill. However, it’s worth trying simple treatments for a short time to see if they get better.
I really thank you so much for your support, anything you can donate will all add up.
If you do not wish to donate – perhaps you could at least copy and paste ‘how to prevent this cancer’ from below and hopefully save some lives!
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
8 ways to help prevent bowel cancer
1. Get screened
Screening before symptoms become present is important, because bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs. Screening every 1 to 2 years can reduce your risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 33%.
2. Eat a healthy high-fibre diet
Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables, reducing saturated fats (in animal products, processed foods and takeaway). Eating fibre can help prevent bowel cancer by reducing the risk of problems such as constipation and inflammation of the bowel wall. National guidelines recommend 2 serves of fruits, 5 serves of vegetables, and wholegrain foods every day.
3. Engage in regular physical activity
There is strong evidence that exercise cuts the risk or bowel cancer and polyps, and a sedentary lifestyle increases it. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity, five or more days a week.
4. Reduce consumption of red and processed meat
Research has shown a moderate effect of red meat in increasing risk of bowel cancer, especially with processed meat. Charring of meat is best avoided.
5. Don’t smoke
Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop bowel cancer, and even more likely to die from the disease.
6. Maintain a healthy body weight
Obesity is linked to bowel cancer, especially in men. And the evidence points to abdominal obesity (or belly fat) as a key factor. Maintaining a healthy body weight, for both men and women, also reduces the risk of a number of other diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
7. Drink alcohol in moderation
Heavy drinking may increase risk of bowel cancer. If you do drink, one standard drink per day for women, two standards drinks per day for men, with 2 alcohol free days per week for both ,is recommended.
8. Know your family history
Heredity (the genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring) plays a big role in bowel cancer; up to 20% of people who develop bowel cancer have a relative with the disease. Find out if your relatives had bowel cancer or polyps (growths in the colon or rectum) that can be precursors of the disease. Also find out how old they were when they were diagnosed. If there is a strong family history of bowel cancer in your family, genetic counselling can be beneficial.