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Those with unhealthy lifestyle more likely to need bowel cancer treatment from their private medical cover providers

Published on 01/11/2010
The number of people who require private medical cover to treat colorectal cancer could be reduced by almost a quarter (23 per cent) simply by making healthy lifestyle choices, it has been claimed.

Colorectal cancer, commonly referred to as colon or bowel cancer, is much more common in western societies, suggesting lifestyle factors play a key role.

Published ion the British Medical Journal, researchers from Denmark studied data on 55,487 men and women aged between 50 and 64 for almost 10 years.

They were asked to fill in questionnaires on diet and lifestyle, which were then compared to five lifestyle tips created by the researchers recommendations from leading health organisations.

This included not smoking, drinking moderately, doing regular exercise and having a normal waistline.

During the follow-up period, 678 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Of these, the researchers calculated that if all of them had followed even one additional health guideline, around 13 percent of colon cancer cases could have been prevented.

This rose to 23 per cent if all five had been followed.

It is estimated that one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer over their lifetime. 
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