Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women - claiming the lives of over 1,700 wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces and girlfriends in Australia every year.

But the good news is that bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable if detected early. It is estimated that changes to diet and physical activity could reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75 per cent!

That’s why Bowel Cancer Australia is launching the Be Well Challenge and encouraging the women of Australia to make a promise to take up a healthy habit or kick a bad one this September.

You can choose to take the Be Well Week Challenge for seven days (21-27 September 2015), or stretch yourself by taking the Be Well 30 Day Challenge for the full month of September.

Not sure where to start, we’ve created a few Be Well Challenge promise examples for you:

  • Keep physically active for at least 30 minutes every day (e.g. walk, jog, swim, cycle).
  • Avoid eating a favourite ‘naughty’ food.
  • Take part in a marathon or fun run.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink (or not drink).
  • Cut out fast or processed foods.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Reduce red and processed meat consumption. 

You might even like to get the girls together during Be Well Week, all promise to take the challenge, and help keep each other motivated. 

Be bowel cancer aware and make your their health and wellbeing a priority this September. 

One promise can make a huge difference - what will yours be?