Bowel Cancer Risks/

Age

The older you are, the greater your chance is of developing bowel cancer. Risk levels increase four-fold during your 40s and continue to rise sharply and progressively from the age of 50. Screening using a simple at home test is recommended. Read more

Personal medical history

Your risk of bowel cancer increases if you’ve had inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or have had polyps removed. Your GP may recommend a colonoscopy rather than an at-home screening test.

Family medical history

If you have a family history of bowel cancer or polyps you may have a higher than average risk of developing bowel cancer. Speak to your GP about the screening method best suited to you. Read more

Lifestyle

A diet high in saturated fats and processed meats can increase your risk of bowel cancer, as can smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. A lack of exercise and obesity can also place you at higher risk. Read more