As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness month, we’re running a series of mini-blogs from cancer experts . Here’s the next instalment from Dr Aileen Keel CBE.

I’d like to see greater public awareness of what individuals can do to reduce their personal risk of bowel cancer. Of course, an important part of that is taking part in the bowel screening programme.

But it also means trying to eat as healthily as possible (keeping red and processed meat intake to a minimum) and being physically active. That doesn’t need to involve expensive gym membership – a daily walk is a good starting place, and can quickly become a part of most people’s regular routine.

Dr Aileen Keel CBE, Chair of The Scottish Cancer Taskforce and Director of the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme, Farr Institute.

Stay tuned throughout the week for further instalments. Each instalment will be viewable here ( and shared on our social media channels.