Early detection is the key when it comes to colon cancer. If you have any change in bowel habit with or without blood in your stool, it is vital that you see a doctor. Even without symptoms we recommend screening from the age of 50 onwards as early bowel cancer might have no symptoms.
2: Know your risk factors:
If you suffer with inflammatory bowel disease, family history of colon cancer, or certain hereditary syndromes such as Lynch syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), your risk for developing bowel cancer is higher and you should start screening at an earlier age.
3: Stop smoking, as this increases the risk for colon cancer.
4: Avoid eating too much red and processed meat and eat more colourful vegetables and fruit.
5: Keep fit and maintain a healthy body weight.