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Bowel cancer symptoms: The consistency of your poo ‘is one of the most common signs’


One of the most common – and early – signs of bowel cancer is the change in bowel habits. “Looser” faeces (i.e. poo) could be indicative of the deadly disease. It could, however, also be a sign of alcohol irritation. Alcohol is an irritant for the digestive system, causing the stomach to produce more acid than usual. This excess of acid production can turn into gastritis – the inflammation the stomach lining.

Reduce your risk of bowel cancer today

Considering mounting evidence demonstrating a link between alcohol consumption and bowel cancer, the best thing you can do is to cut down (or not to drink at all).

Where’s the evidence?

Cancer Research UK put bluntly: “If you drink alcohol, you are more likely to get cancer than if you don’t.

“Even a small amount of alcohol can increase your risk, so the more you can cut down the more you can reduce your risk.”

There are three ways alcohol can cause cancer:

  1. Damage to the cells
  2. Changes to hormones
  3. Changes to cells in the mouth and throat

Upon the consumption of alcohol, the body turns it into the chemical acetaldehyde.

Acetaldehyde can cause damage to the cells and stops cells from repairing.

Alcohol intake can also increase the levels of oestrogen and insulin, causing them to divide more than necessary, which raises the risk of a cancerous tumour developing.

Drinking alcohol can also make the cells in the mouth and throat more likely to absorb harmful chemicals, such as toxins from cigarette smoke.

“It doesn’t matter whether you drink beer, wine or spirits. All types of alcoholic drink can cause cancer,” emphasised Cancer Research UK.

Alcohol consumption not only increases a person’s risk of bowel cancer, it also heighten’s a person’s chance of developing:

  • Breast cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Liver cancer

“Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer whether you drink it all in one go or spread it throughout the week,” warned the charity.

If you would like support to help curb your drinking habits, you can contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 or have a chat online.


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