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Tips to reduce the risk of bowel cancer

There are many potential risk factors for developing bowel cancer, but an expert has revealed the two most important things you can do to reduce the risk of the malignant disease.

Oncologist, Orsina Teitelbaum, explained that it is difficult to detect bowel cancer early because the symptoms are often ignored. Dr Teitelbaum revealed two tips that she follows “personally” to protect herself from bowel cancer.

Do not ignore abnormal symptoms or warning signs (even if you are young. Ignoring unusual health symptoms may delay diagnosis and reduce your chances of survival

"Be aware of any changes in your bowel habits," Teitelbaum warns. "If you're defecating as usual but later become constipated frequently, or you notice blood in your stool and have abdominal pain, it's worth talking to your doctor.

She also said you should talk to a doctor if you experience unexplained diarrhea, fatigue or sudden anemia

Other symptoms of bowel cancer can include: rectal bleeding, anal or rectal pain, and unexpected weight loss.

Bowel cancer is usually associated with poor lifestyle choices, such as cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity, as well as eating red meat and processed foods are linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer.

“There is no perfect predictor of colon cancer, but globally, a healthy lifestyle may help avoid it,” Teitelbaum explained.

The British National Health Service says that bowel cancer can be caused by genetic changes, lifestyle and environmental factors.

But having certain health conditions can make you more susceptible to bowel cancer.

Source: Express -


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