Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Around one in 20 of us will develop the disease during our lifetime and rates are rising.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects one in five people in the UK, according to NHS Choices, although the actual figure is believed to be higher as not everyone with IBS symptoms will see a doctor.
To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month we’re looking at the simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the disease.
A clinical trial has been launched to develop a breath test that could identify multiple types of cancer. The test, which analyses molecules found in the breath and is completely non-invasive, could help in the identification of cancer in its earliest stages when treatment is likely to be most effective.
How do you cope with the embarrassment of Crohn’s Disease? It’s an understandable anxiety and one that we hear often in our consulting room. There is no doubt that the condition produces a range of symptoms that can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Eating foods that trigger inflammation in your body could increase your risk of colon cancer, two new research studies have concluded.
To mark International Women’s Day we’re keen to talk about a gut disorder which, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, is “a major women’s health issue” globally.
Having colonoscopy screening for bowel cancer every 10 years reduces the risks of dying from the disease by 88%, recent research has found.
Did you know that millions of microorganisms live in and on your body… so many, in fact, that certain scientists call them our “second genome”? Their genes outnumber ours by 150 to one and some scientists even consider them to be another one of our organs.
“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.