Diet and Exercise

  • Eat lots of fibre, which means at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and include wholemeal bread and jacket potatoes in your diet. Research shows that a varied diet, high in fibre and fresh vegetables may help to protect you against bowel cancer
  • Limit your intake of red meat such as beef, pork and lamb to less than 500g cooked weight (750g raw weight) per week
  • Try to avoid processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami and corned beef and eat more fish instead
  • Cut down on alcohol because by drinking less you will reduce your health risks
  • Be as active as possible. Research has suggested that inactive people have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer
  • Maintain a sensible weight
  • Stop smoking. Call Quitline on 01481 233170.