BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen says bowel cancer screening is vital - as he admits he had none of the "classic" symptoms. The 59-year-old revealed he was battling the disease earlier this month after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in November. Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, the veteran broadcaster told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he urged his GP to sent him for tests before receiving his diagnosis. He said: "I had a big hernia operation a few years ago so I've got an eight inch scar going down my belly and they said that my bowel was getting somehow trapped on scar tissue. "I thought fine, but maybe I should get other things checked out as well, so I asked my GP and she sent me for a test. "They take a bit of your poo and test it to see if there's any blood in it, and there was some in mine. "But the classic symptoms include having blood when you go to the loo - in your stool - but I didn't have any of that. "They found some microscopic amounts of blood in … [Read more...] about BBC’s Jeremy Bowen tells GMB bowel cancer screening is vital – admitting he had no ‘classic’ symptoms
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It might be barbecue weather, but you may want to be careful what meat you are cooking in the glorious sunshine. A new study has found that even eating moderate amounts of red and processed meats can increase the risk of bowel cancer. But should you ditch ham, bacon and red meat from your diet entirely? Some argue it is more dangerous to deprive yourself of the food rather than to continue eating it. The Claim Eating moderate amounts of ham, bacon and red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer, ITV reports. The government recommends that you should eat no more than 70g of red and processed meat a day. But even if you stick to these guidelines, the risk of bowel cancer increases by a fifth, according to a new study part-funded by Cancer Research UK. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology , examined the health records of 475,581 people across the UK aged 40 to 69, and followed their diet and health over the course of almost six years. When looking at red … [Read more...] about Could those Bank Holiday barbecue burgers and sausages give you bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer affects around 41,000 people in the UK each year - making it one of the most common forms of cancer. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen recently revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed last October. A recent study revealed that eating even small amounts of red and processed meat can increase your risk of getting the cancer April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, so we spoke to Deborah Gilbert, chief executive of charity Bowel & Cancer Research, to find out everything you need to know. Symptoms of bowel cancer The three big warning signs are referred to as your BCA: B – Bleeding from the bottom If you notice blood when you go to the toilet, go and see your GP. Even if it’s not a sign of bowel cancer, it should still be checked out. ‘Everyone should get over any squeamishness around looking at their poo, and should be checking the toilet after they go,’ says Deborah. C – change in bowel habits, such as suddenly finding yourself with … [Read more...] about Bowel cancer symptoms, prevention and treatment
EATING more than 25 grams (that’s less than 1oz) of red or processed meat a day can increase the chances of bowel cancer, boffins say. But what does it look like on your plate when you keep to the recommended limit? Here’s our portion guide for the Easter hols — if you’re still peckish there’s always a choccy egg. 25g portion is all you can m-eat How to reduce your risk of bowel cancer... Those risk factors may make for worrying reading - but there are ways to reduce your risk. Scientists actually believe that around half of all bowel cancers could be prevented by simply living a healthier lifestyle. Limiting the amount of red meat you eat and avoiding processed meat as much as possible could be a good place to start. Dr Lisa Wilde, director of research at Bowel Cancer UK, said: “Making simple changes to your lifestyle can help stack the odds against bowel cancer. "As well as avoiding processed foods, like bacon, ham and salami and limiting our … [Read more...] about Eating more than 25g of meat a day can ‘increase risk of bowel cancer’ — here’s what a portion should be
BOWEL cancer is the second deadliest form of the disease in the UK and the exact cause is still unknown. But research has found several factors which might increase your risk of developing it. Sadly some of them are things that you can't do anything about, such as age or genetics. However others can be controlled by making some lifestyle changes. Here are six of the factors that could put you at higher risk and how to reduce your chances of developing bowel cancer... Eating red meat If your diet is high in red and processed meat it can increase your risk of developing bowel cancer. A new study found that just 25g of processed meat - the equivalent to one rasher of bacon or two thirds of a sausage - everyday can raise your risk by a fifth. That's twice as high as previously thought after the World Health Organisation warned that 50g increased the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent back in 2015. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed the diets of half a million Brits aged 40 … [Read more...] about Eating too much red meat and 5 other ways to tell if you’re at risk of bowel cancer