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Reducing your risk of bowel cancer

Te whakawhāiti i tō tūraru mate pukupuku terotero

young man and vegeTaking part in the free National Bowel Screening Programme when you become eligible (currently when you are 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.

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 is never too late to stop. The earlier you quit, the better.

On the next page: National Bowel Screening Programme

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2024.


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