Bowel cancer risk 'reduced by healthy diet'

16 November 2011

A healthy diet rich in fibre can help reduce the risk of bowel cancer, according to one expert.

Bowel Cancer Wales, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the disease and supporting those who have suffered with it, suggested that as well as medical screening, a balanced healthy lifestyle can help to minimise the risk of problems later in life.

Nick Phillips, director of the organisation, said: "Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fibre, whole grains and fruit reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer.

"Even a light walk helps the bowel to work," he added.

Mr Phillips' comments come as a study published in the British Medical Journal found that a high intake of dietary fibre could help significantly cut the risk of bowel cancer.

Factors associated with bowel cancer include the risk that polyps can turn cancerous if not detected early, according to the director of the charity. He mentioned that regular screening is a very important method of detection.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Aune, Dagfinn,"High fibre diet linked to reduced risk of colorectal cancer", BMJ, November 10th 2011.

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