We live longer, healthier lives than ever before, and unlike ever before science is giving us a greater understanding of why. The link between eating healthily, taking exercise, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking and increasing our chances of avoiding disease has been proven.
We know that bowel cancer is a genetic disease, but we also know that, possibly more than any other cancer, up to half of all diagnoses of the disease can be linked back to lifestyle.
The information in this section will help you to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here you'll find useful information about the current bowel screening programme and what you can do to spot the signs of bowel cancer or bowel disease. Early action saves lives.
From here you can acccess the evidence about lifestyle factors and how they relate to gut and bowel conditions, including bowel cancer.
There are no real "dos and don'ts". It's a case of finding out the way in which the bowel adapts to a new way of working.Read more
Following a healthy, well balanced diet and understanding what foods are a trigger can help to manage the symptoms of IBD.Read more
Finding out what you can eat when you have IBS is not easy but common triggers include dairy, gluten and some fruits and vegetables.Read more
Because you have a stoma, it doesn't mean that you can't pursue a fully active life and enjoy all the health benefits it brings.Read more
Stress is a key trigger of the symptoms of IBS related to the way nerves in the bowel work.Read more
Excess weight around the middle is a leading risk factor for the development of bowel cancer. Exercise can reduce this risk.Read more
Changes to lifestyle are often one of the first recommendations made to help with symptoms of IBD and IBS.Read more
Making informed choices about diet can improve both general and gut health, reduce bowel cancer risk and help the symptoms of IBD and IBS.Read more