Bowel cancer causes many deaths in the UK every year, with 1 in 20 being diagnosed with it in their lifetime.
Some factors are hereditary, but some causes of bowel cancer are lifestyle choices which can be changed to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
Dr Sean Preston, expert consultant gastroenterologist at London Digestive Health at The Princess Grace Hospital, looks at some of the ways we are increasing the risk of getting bowel cancer.
- Eating too much red meat
- Being overweight
- Not exercising enough
- Drinking too much alcohol