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Reducing your risk of bowel cancer

young man and vegeThere are several things you can do to reduce your risk of bowel cancer.

Keeping a healthy weight and being physically active will both reduce your risk of bowel cancer. Try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days.

What you eat and drink can also affect your risk of bowel cancer.

Smoking also increases your risk of bowel cancer. If you smoke, it's never too late to stop. The earlier you quit, the better.

Free bowel screening when you become eligible (currently when you're between 60 and 74) is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of bowel cancer. It could help save your life by finding bowel cancer at an early stage where it can often be successfully treated.

On the next page: National Bowel Screening Programme

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed November 2020.

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