“All in the mind” is sometimes used in a disparaging way to dismiss someone’s symptoms or, worse still, cast doubt over whether the symptoms exist at all. Yet there are clear links between stress and physical symptoms and none more so than in the case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Research has shown a link between ulcerative colitis and an increased risk of colon cancer. If you suffer from this inflammatory bowel disease regular screening is recommended to monitor for polyps in the colon which can become cancerous over time.
Colonoscopy is the most effective way of screening for bowel cancer in the early stages when the disease is most treatable. The problem is that the procedure is invasive and uncomfortable and some people can be unwilling to have it.
As part of your New Year promise to yourself to get fit and healthy, maybe you have made a pledge to avoid eating gluten in the belief that this will make you healthier. If so, it might be time to think again.
Your liver plays a vital role in the digestion process yet not many people know much about the largest solid organ inside the body or how to look after it.
Happy new year… it’s a phrase we trot out without really thinking about it. But if your body had a say, what sort of things might it be asking for to make it “happy” this new year?
Have you ever found yourself looking at an empty packet of biscuits and wondering how you managed to eat the whole lot without even really noticing? Maybe you were watching TV or deep in conversation with a friend or reading a great book and the next time you looked the biscuit packet was pretty much…Read more
It’s Christmas party season and if you’re an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer you may have more to worry about than simply what to wear.
Bowel cancer is treatable if it is caught early. In fact, roughly nine out of 10 people will survive for at least five years if they are diagnosed and treated while the disease is in its earliest stage. Screening for bowel cancer is the most effective way of detecting the disease in its earliest stages, sometimes…Read more
All over the UK, normally clean-shaven men are growing a beard – and bearded men are dyeing, decorating or ditching their beards – in support of Decembeard, the Bowel Cancer UK campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer.