I eat a healthy diet so why would I have bowel cancer?

There are things that we can change in order to reduce the risk of getting bowel cancer and eating a healthy diet is one of them. Unfortunately, there are other risks that we cannot influence, such as a family history of cancer, a genetic predisposition to cancer, increased age, or a history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).

Eight out of ten people who get bowel cancer are over the age of sixty, so the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is aimed at people aged 60 and over.