Causes and prevention of bowel cancer

Bowel cancer - what you should know

The exact cause of bowel cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing the disease.

Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer - The key facts

Bowel cancer , also known as colon, rectal or colorectal cancer, can occur in both men and women.

Learn the key facts, how common is bowel cancer and what causes bowel cancer.

Signs and symptoms of bowel cancer

It is important that everyone is bowel aware. To do that you need to know what the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer are.

Bowel screening

The National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) recently introduced BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme. BowelScreen offers free bowel screening to men and women aged 60-69, through a home test kit known as the faecal immunochemical test (FIT).

Learn more about bowel cancer screening at

Support information

Anyone who is concerned about bowel cancer or cancer in general can speak with a specialist nurse in confidence by calling our Cancer Nurseline on Freefone 1800 200 700.

Date Last Revised: 
Friday, April 1, 2016