Vege’s and Bowel Cancer

Ah . . . hem.  Let’s talk about bowels

Bowel cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia. While no cancer is completely preventable, there are certain lifestyle decisions you can make that are believed to reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.

The jargon – The digestive tract refers to the organs which process nutrients from foods and removes the waste material out of the body. The small intestine is the main organ that absorbs the nutrients from broken down food. Then the colon (the first 1.8 metres of the large intestine) mainly absorbs water and the rectum (the last 15 cm of the large intestine) stores the waste material until it’s removed from the body.

When we talk about bowel cancer (which is also known as colorectal cancer) we are referring to cancer of the colon or rectum. Most bowel cancers develop from tiny growths called ‘polyps’.

You can lower your risk of bowel cancer by eating a healthy diet high in fibre and low in fat and cholesterol.  Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains! We can definitely help you out there!

These are high in the vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which help play a role in bowel cancer prevention. Also minimise your intake of unhealthy fats and cholesterol (especially from animal sources) and processed foods.