As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness month, we’re running a series of mini-blogs from cancer experts. Here’s the next instalment from Professor Annie S. Anderson.

I would like the public to know that getting bowel cancer is not about bad luck and fate.

I want everyone to know and respond to the evidence that the odds of getting the disease can be reduced by managing body weight, eating a diet rich in fibre (e.g.wholegrain cereals, peas, beans, lentils and vegetables), keeping alcohol and red meat intake low whilst avoiding processed meat. Being active and avoiding inactivity is also important. I would like people to know that prevention is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play in supporting and advocating for the changes we want to see.

– Professor Annie S. Anderson

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