Find out about the latest UK research into causes and prevention of bowel cancer.
The risk of developing bowel cancer is higher in people who have a family history of bowel cancer. This can be caused by an inherited gene change. The risk increases depending on which gene is damaged or which part of the gene is damaged.
Researchers are looking at samples of tissue from people who have had bowel cancer to learn more about the genes that can cause the disease. They are also collecting information about family history.
Diet and physical activity
Researchers are looking at ways to prevent and slow the growth of bowel cancer.
They have looked at the impact of lifestyle. They found that eating a high fibre diet, less red meat and processed meat can reduce the risk of bowel cancer.There is also strong evidence that maintaining a healthy weight and exercising lowers the risk.
Researchers want to find what information people need to help them make these changes.
Researchers are looking into whether drugs can prevent bowel cancer. They have looked at non steriodal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin to see if they can prevent bowel cancer developing. Results suggest that aspirin might reduce the risk of bowel cancer developing.
They are also looking into whether aspirin can play a role in helping to prevent cancer spreading.