Did you know that three times more people die from bowel cancer than on our nation’s roads?

On this Red Apple Day (a Bowel Cancer Awareness Month initiative by Bowel Cancer Australia), we want you to remember to treat your exhaust pipe like your life might depend on it, because it just might.

Bowel Cancer is third deadliest cancer in Australian men, claiming the lives of more than 2,900 men each year. But when caught early, it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer. It is known that when bowel cancer is detected in the earliest stages, almost 99 percent of cases can be successfully treated.

A great deal of bowel cancer cases may also be attributable to modifiable risk factors (read: your diet and lifestyle choices can influence your risk of bowel cancer).

Both red and green apples are a nutritious source dietary fibre – an important part of the high-octane fuel you should be filling up with, that will help keep your exhaust pipes in tip top condition. Check out some apple-inspired high fibre recipes here.

But diet is just one modifiable factor contributing to your risk of bowel cancer. Alcohol intake, weight, physical activity and smoking are all also contributing factors – see the Bowel Cancer Australia website for more information about these modifiable risk factors.

Preventative maintenance is your best defence against a rusty exhaust pipe, along with a regular servicing schedule.

If you’re eligible the Australian Department of Health will even send you a Bowel Cancer Screening Test Kit for your birthday every two years between your 50th and 74th birthday. Read more about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program here.

If you’re ever concerned about bowel cancer or display any symptoms (regardless of your age), book in to see your mechanic (GP) immediately.

Bowel Cancer Australia is a national charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

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