There has been a lot of studies about exercise with cancer and there is now strong evidence to suggest that people who exercise with cancer live longer. Many bowel cancer patents may need surgery and don’t suggest any heavy exercise for at 6 weeks. There isn’t a guideline in the UK for exercise after having cancer but it was suggested that cancer patents can do gentle exercise such as walks for up to 30 mins 5 times a week. Regular exercise can also speed up the healing process after chemotherapy. Exercise is often tailored to each individual so we recommend speaking to your doctor or nurse specialist and ask what exercise regime is best suited for you.
We would always suggest a healthy balanced high fibre diet with your added 5 a day but we understand if you have stoma your diet will have to change according to the type of stoma you have. Speak to your nurse specialist about diet with stoma’s. Alternatively read the section living with stoma‘s .
As previously mentioned, there are many ways you can possibly prevent and decrease your chances of developing bowel cancer in future. A healthy diet plays a vital role, with research showing that a person’s dietary habits explain 90% of cases of colon cancer. The most important aspects include total fat intake, consumption of red meat and any processed meats, as well as sugar consumption and alcohol abuse. Medical research has shown that those eating more than 160 grams of red or processed meat each day, are increasing their risk of developing bowel cancer by 35%, than those eating less than 20 grams a day.
Alternatively individuals with a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, fibre, fish and whole grains, are dramatically decreasing their risk of bowel cancer. Eating more than 80 grams of fish a day can reduce ones risk of developing the disease by over 30%.
More than two thirds of bowel cancer cases can be avoided with a simple change in lifestyle.
Help yourself by introducing fibre, calcium and vitamin D as well as vitamin B6 and B12 into your diet.
Physical activity has been shown to reduce risk of colon cancer, and is one of the most important actions you can take to help guard against many types of cancer. Up to one-third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, including two of the most common cancers in the UK, breast and bowel cancer.
Research has shown that exercisers reduce their risk of colon cancer by 20 percent or more in both men and women, although the effect is greater in men. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day is thought to make a difference. Changes in digestive acids and other substances also occur with exercise, and these changes are believed to provide some protection from colon cancer. Decreases in body fat, insulin and other growth factors also may contribute to exercisers’ lower bowel-cancer risk.