Choosing what you eat everyday for breakfast could have an impact on your risk of developing bowel cancer. Pick wisely, and avoid a certain staple known to be bad for you.
MacMillan Cancer Support identified “red and processed meats” as a risk factor for developing bowel cancer.
This means a bacon sarnie isn’t a good idea – and nor is a sausage sandwich.
Both of these processed foods also constitute as red meat, so it’s a double whammy of cancer-provoking choices.
Making matters worse, the charity added: “Eating fried or grilled meat may also increase the risk.”
The symptoms of bowel cancer may be enough to put you off your breakfast – you’ve been warned.
Changes in your normal bowel habits, such as diarrhoea or constipation is a troubling sign when it lasts for three weeks or longer.
Another symptom of bowel cancer is seeing red or dark blood in or on stools.
A person with the disease may also experience bleeding from their back passage.
Even after going to the toilet, a person with bowel cancer may feel as though they’ve not emptied their bowels properly.
It’s likely that there will be feelings of unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness.
Moreover, it can be accompanied by weight loss, or pain in the abdomen or back passage.
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Should you – or somebody you care for – experience these troubling signs, do book an appointment with your GP.
The sooner a diagnosis can be made, the sooner treatment can begin – depending on what it is.
“More than nine out of 10 people (around 90 percent) survive bowel cancer when it is diagnosed at an early stage,” attested the charity.
This is why people are offered free NHS bowel screening test between the ages of 60 to 74.
This home testing kit (known as FOB) is sent out every two years to those registered to their doctor’s surgery.
Meanwhile, there are other factors you need to consider if you’d like to reduce your chances of developing bowel cancer.
Do cut down on red meats, which include: beef, lamb, pork, veal, venison, and goat.
It’s also beneficial to your health to limit processed meats, such as: smoked meat, ham, pate and tinned meat.
Physical inactivity, smoking and obesity are three risk factors you can control.
Get moving, shed any extra pounds you may be carrying and do not smoke if you’d like to lower your chances of developing bowel cancer.
There are certain risk factors you can’t change, such as family history of the disease or increasing age.
However, if you make wise choices, you can lower your risk of the devastating disease.