Opinion article* published in The Conversation written by University of Newcastle’s Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Clare Collins*.

Each year around 14,400 Australians are diagnosed with bowel (colon and rectal) cancer. It’s the second most common newly diagnosed cancer after lung cancer and claims around 3,980 lives a year.

The good news is that bowel cancer has a high cure rate if detected early.

And there is convincing evidence that you can reduce your risk of it by regularly eating foods that are high in dietary fibre, such as wholegrains, legumes, pulses, high fibre cereals, vegetables and fruit. In fact, for every ten grams of fibre you consume per day, your risk reduces by 10%.

Being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day also decreases your risk of bowel cancer.

But the other side of the risk equation is bad news for those who love a good deli meat: the regular consumption of processed meat increases your chances of getting bowel cancer.

READ the full article in The Conversation.

* Opinions represent the author’s views.