April is bowel cancer awareness month in the UK. It is the time when people get on their bikes, run marathons or hold coffee morning for charities like Bowel Cancer UK to fund research and help people affected by the disease.
Itâ€™s also a time for us to think about our lifestyles and make choices to live more healthily â€“ and so avoid many of the risk factors of bowel cancer â€“ or to visit your doctor to get screened for bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer, which is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel, is the third most common type of cancer. It is the second most common among women after breast cancer and the third most common for men after prostate and lung cancer. In 2009 41,142 cases of bowel cancer were registered in the UK (all figures in this article from NHS). (more…)