What foods can increase your risk of bowel cancer?

Regular consumption of red meat, processed meats and processed grains like white bread can trigger insulin resistance which cause inflammation and heightens the risk of bowel or colon cancer.

What drinks can increase your risk?

Sugary and alcoholic drinks are likely to cause inflammation and stomach or digestive issues which increase bowel cancer risks.

What other lifestyle factors can increase your risk?

Living a sedentary lifestyle, being obese or overweight contribute to colon cancer.

Can certain toilet habits increase your risk, for example holding in a wee or poo?

Holding in poop or urine is rarely likely to increase bowel cancer risk but can result to more severe complications like hemorrhoids and sever constipation.

What lifestyle changes can you make to lower your risk?       

I recommend you have frequent bowel cancer screenings to monitor how your colons are and identify the abnormalities that can speed up the cancer spread.

Live an active lifestyle by exercising daily.

Limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking.

Consume healthy meals mainly plant-based ones like fruits, whole grains and veggies to increase your nutrient and antioxidants intake which helps lower colon cancer risks. Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, processed meats or grains and red meat.

Maintain a healthy weight to lower your risk of chronic diseases.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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