People can help reduce their risks of invasive cancer treatment by making simple lifestyle changes to reduce the chances of them developing the disease.
Individuals can cut saturated fats and processed meats from their diets and give up smoking to see the chances of them developing bowel cancer reduce, according to the Association for International Cancer Research's scientific advisor Dr Lara Bennett.
She explained that evidence suggests individuals who are "less physically active, more overweight and eat less fruits and vegetables" tend to be more prone to the illness.
Dr Bennett advised people to eat an increased amount of fresh greens and to become more active to help control their weight as ten per cent of bowel cancer cases can be linked to obesity.
The UK government recently launched its Call to Action campaign in an effort to reverse the country's increasing obesity levels.
England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said prevention could help save lives in the future.
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Cancer treatment news : 30 October 2011