Reducing Bowel Cancer Risk 

Anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer
is called a cancer protective factor.  Anything that increases your chance of developing bowel cancer is called a cancer risk factor. 
 
Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk,
but that does not mean that you will not get cancer. 

Diet and lifestyle choices as well as screening and surveillance can
influence your bowel cancer risk.  These are things you can change and are therefore referred to as modifiable.

Higher levels of physical activity protect against colon (not rectal) cancer. Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Physical Activity 370

Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Fibre 370
Consumption of foods containing dietary fibre protect against bowel cancer.

Consumption of garlicmilk, and calciumprobably protect against
bowel cancer.
Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Milk 370

Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Screening 370
Participating in bowel cancer
screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer.

  Bowel Cancer Australia provides a Nutrition Advisory Service.
 
For further information please call the Helpline on 1800 555 494
or visit bowelcanceraustralia.org/nutritionist

Consumption of red meat 
and processed meat increases bowel cancer risk.
Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Red Meat 370 

Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Alcohol 370 Consumption of alcohol increases bowel cancer risk. 

Body fatness and  abdominal 
fatness increase bowel cancer risk.
 
Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Abdominal Fatness 370

Modifiable Bowel Cancer Australia Quit Smoking 370
Smoking increases bowel cancer risk.