Fundraising Physical Activity Challenge
Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Step up for 30’ campaign is back for the second year.
The campaign challenges participants to do 30 minutes of physical activity every day for the whole of June – 30 days.
The activity can be anything from gardening or dog walking to dancing, yoga, running, swimming or gym. Even walking up and down stairs. Anything that gets your heart pumping!
Participants can find out more and register at https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/stepupfor30/.
The objective is to raise money through sponsorship to support Bowel Cancer UK’s vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer.
Exercising just 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, can cut your risk of bowel cancer by 12%. Yet research from the charity also showed 63% of Brits are unaware that exercising 5 days a week reduces their risk of bowel cancer.
Participants also reap the health benefits of a more active lifestyle – getting fitter and feeling healthier, possibly even losing a bit of weight and improving muscle tone too.
About Bowel Cancer
- Bowel cancer is the 4th most common and 2nd deadliest cancer in the UK
- It affects the large bowel and rectum
- Every year around 41,804 Brits are diagnosed and 16,000 people lose their life to the disease
- Bowel cancer tends to grow slowly and can be treated and cured if it’s diagnosed early enough
- It is classed as a preventable cancer
Symptoms of Bowel Cancer
Getting the earliest possible treatment is vital – so it’s important to look out for the signs of bowel cancer. These include:
- Bleeding from your bottom or blood in stools (poo)
- Change in bowel habit
- Weight loss
- Extreme tiredness
- Pain in tummy/rectum
- Lump in tummy
Most people with these symptoms do not have bowel cancer BUT it’s important to get it checked out if you have any concerns or even just a sense that something’s not right. It may feel a bit embarrassing, but don’t let that put you off. The first port of call is a visit to your GP. Your GP is used to talking about toilet habits and will be able to either put your mind at rest – or arrange a referral – as early as possible.
For more information see https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/
Preventing Bowel Cancer
Bowel Cancer UK say that 54% of bowel cancers could be prevented through a healthier lifestyle, which includes:
- Healthy diet – plenty of fruit and vegetables, reducing saturated fats, eating fibre
- Exercise – 30 minutes of physical exercise, 5 times a week
- Cut down on alcohol – 11% of bowel cancers are linked to alcohol. Cut down
- Stop smoking – 8% of bowel cancers are linked to smoking. Stop if you can
Private GPs London
The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The facilities are designed to be family-friendly and welcoming to children with play areas and toys to keep little ones amused.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.