An easy way to check if you’re a healthy weight is to work out your body mass index (BMI). Divide your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. A BMI between 20 and 25 is considered healthy.
You can maintain a healthy body weight by eating a balanced diet and doing regular physical activity.
2. Be physically active
Being active helps to reduce the risk of bowel cancer. Physical activity helps prevent weight gain, and it’s also good for your bowels as it helps remove waste.
Get active for at least 30 minutes each day by doing activities like running, swimming or housework. Avoid sitting for long periods.
at least four serves of wholegrain or wholemeal foods every day
at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables per day.
Similarly, dairy food should be a part of your diet. If you prefer to avoid dairy, opt for alternative foods that are sources of calcium.
We recommend eating at least two and a half serves of dairy foods (milk, yoghurt and cheese) or alternatives. Where you can, go for low-fat varieties.
6. Quit smoking
If you’re a smoker, you’re more likely to develop bowel cancer, so quitting smoking is a crucial way to reduce your risk.
7. Get screened regularly
If you’re aged 50-74, you can take part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. You will automatically receive a free test every two years to do at home. The test can help identify early signs of bowel cancer.
Reduce your risk of bowel cancer by making a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle.