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Can we stop bowel cancer before it starts?

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the month we’ll be focusing on some of the hottest  most talked about topics in bowel cancer research.

Bowel cancer is the world’s third most common cancer and it's also one of the most preventable. Over half of all bowel cancer cases in the UK could be prevented each year and the vast majority of these avoidable cases are linked to lifestyle. But what about drugs? Chemoprevention research focuses on finding and developing drugs to prevent cancer before it starts. And when you're talking about chemoprevention of bowel cancer, most people think of aspirin.

The idea that aspirin can prevent bowel cancer has been around for years. So what does the latest research show? Our first blog post for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month asks if aspirin really can prevent bowel cancer. We also look at other simple ways to help reduce your bowel cancer risk.

You can also read our recent blog about processed meat and bowel cancer risk here.

See our current and past bowel cancer research projects here.