Let’s face it, guys, we’re not the best at talking about certain things which is why we would like to raise awareness about something we shouldn’t stay silent about; Bowel Cancer.

Here’s the sobering truth: bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second most common cancer in men in the U.K

  • The good news?
    Bowel cancer is highly treatable, especially when diagnosed early.
  • The bad news?
    Many men ignore the warning signs because of embarrassment or simply not knowing what to look for.

Men are less likely than women to participate in bowel cancer screening programs.

This might be due to a stigma surrounding bowel health, or simply not wanting to deal with an unpleasant test. But remember, this isn’t about being macho – it’s about taking charge of your health. Early stage detection saves lives.

Bowel Cancer Symptoms To Look Out For:

Don’t Panic, But Do See Your Doctor If…

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t be embarrassed. It’s important to see your doctor to get checked out. Bowel cancer can be caused by a number of things, and early diagnosis can lead to a variety of treatment options.

  • Blood in your poo (stools) – This can be bright red or dark.

  • A change in bowel habits lasting for 3+ weeks – This could be constipation, diarrhoea, or needing to go to the toilet more often.

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Extreme tiredness – For no apparent reason

  • A pain or lump in your abdomen

Picture of a man looking tired to represent one of the possible bowel cancer symptoms

Taking Action:

Talk to your doctor – Let them know your family history and any concerns you have.

Get screened – Risk increases as you get older, especially after the age of 50. The NHS offers free bowel cancer screening for men and women aged 60 to 74. Don’t ignore the invitation!

Understand the risk factors influenced by lifestyle choices – Make informed choices when it comes to your health:

  • Diet: A diet low in fibre and high in red and processed meat can increase your risk.

  • Weight: Being overweight or obese is a risk factor.

  • Smoking: Smoking tobacco significantly increases your risk

  • Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol intake can raise your risk.

  • Inactivity: Regular physical activity can help lower your risk.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Having Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis increases your risk

  • Type 2 Diabetes: People with type 2 diabetes have a slightly higher risk

Remember, talking about your health isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength. Let’s break the silence and make bowel cancer awareness a priority for all men.

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How You Can Help

Please help us to raise awareness of bowel cancer. Start by simply sharing this article in your social media profiles.

It’s time to get men talking about their health.