The Health Promotion department teamed up with several professionals from the GHA, students from the School of Health Studies and members from Cancer Relief Gibraltar to raise awareness about bowel health and the importance of participating in the GHA Bowel Health Screening programme.
The bowel is the large intestine (colon and rectum) of the body. It can be the site of polyps and cancers which tend to occur more commonly in older people. Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is common in Gibraltar and is the 3rd leading cause of deaths due to cancer.
People aged 60 years and over are routinely invited to participate in the GHA Bowel Screening programme. If you are 60 years or over and have not been contacted, but wish to participate in the programme, please contact Microbiology, Tel: +350 20007173.
To help prevent colon cancer, the Public Health Department advises you to:
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Limit your intake of red and processed meats
- Choose whole grain food products
- Try and maintain a healthy weight
- Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday
- Avoid drinking alcohol in excess
- Do not smoke