As part of ubu’s commitment to promoting healthy eating and well-being we are encouraging the people we serve and those who enable them to support Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).
During April, Bowel Cancer UK, a charity dedicated to bringing awareness of this disease to the public wants to improve the early detection, care and quality of life for all those affected. They are promoting various events for individuals and groups to take part in to bring attention and awareness to the wider public.
Cancer of the bowel is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. It is most common in people over 50 years of age and especially in men.
The bowel is part of our digestive system which gives us what we need to stay strong and active from our food and drink. The better care we take to ensure we have a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, the more likely we are to have a healthy bowel.
Recommendations include making sure that you drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water a day, eating at least 5 pieces of fruit or vegetables with plenty of fibre from foods like beans and brown bread every day.
There are things which are not helpful when you are trying to achieve good bowel health like eating too much red meat, drinking a lot of alcohol and smoking.
Another important action to take is to make sure that your bowels are healthy by getting regular exercise. ubu is supporting the people we serve to take part in a wide variety of activities as part of a wider campaign to improve general health and fitness in our community.
The main focus of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is on promoting early detection of the disease. This can be through identifying common warning symptoms and by having regular health check-ups at GP surgeries.
Although many of the symptoms of bowel cancer are common, if you have any of them for more than a few weeks you should not hesitate to talk to your doctor. For example bleeding from your bottom or seeing blood in your poo are symptoms you shouldn’t ignore. If you have a change in bowel habit that lasts for more than 3 weeks, you lose weight unexpectedly, feel a lump or pain in your tummy or experience extreme tiredness for no obvious reason, you should talk to a health professional.
Bowel cancer can be treated more easily than the other common ones but the earlier it is detected the more likely the treatment will be effective. If you have noticed changes in your bowel movements or any of the other symptoms listed above don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Make an appointment to see your doctor.
For more information and resource materials, please visit http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/information-resources