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Bowel Cancer

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the chief medical officer has provided on preventing bowel cancer; and if she will make a statement. (72617)

Bowel cancer is one of several cancers linked to diet and other lifestyle factors, including physical activity. Government advice on how to reduce cancer risk is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that is high in fibre, fruit and vegetables, low in fat, and containing a moderate amount of red and processed meat. Other known risk factors include obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.