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Plant Based Diet Cuts Bowel Cancer in Men by 22%

Men can cut their bowel cancer risk by more than a fifth by eating a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils, a new study has suggested.

Researchers found that men who ate the largest amounts of healthy plant-based foods had a 22 per cent lower risk of bowel cancer compared to those who ate the least.

However, there was no link between a similar diet and the risk of bowel cancer for women, the study said.

It involved 79,952 men in the US as well as 93,475 women.
Published in BMC Medicine, participants were asked how often they consumed certain foods and drink from a list of more than 180 items. They were also asked about portion sizes.

Those involved in the study could tick that they consumed each food or drink item “never or hardly ever” to “four or more times a day”.

Food groups were classed into “healthy plant foods”, which included whole grains, fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils, legumes like lentils and chickpeas, tea, and coffee; “less healthy plant foods” such as refined grains, fruit juices, potatoes, added sugars; and “animal foods” including animal fat, dairy, eggs, fish or seafood, and meat.

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C-Side Is On The Move!

Starting from our November 24th Christmas Lunch C-Side will be holding its meetings and other events at the House Project Centre located at 168 South Coast Road, Peacehaven BN10 8JH. We are where the pin is, below

Access to the rooms is via the foot-path to the right of the shop or via the House Project Centre’s own car park, accessible via Arundel Road and Bolney Avenue on the north side of the South Coast Road. There is also a free car park on Steyning Avenue. For those coming by bus from Brighton or Seaford you should use the 12 or 12A and the Bramber Avenue stop. The nearest stop for the 12X service is Roderick Avenue.

Stoma Skin Health & Lifestyle Roadshow

The Stoma Team of University Hospitals Sussex invite you to a
Stoma Skin Health & Lifestyle Roadshow

“Stoma care products are tailored to your needs and delivered free of charge, no matter where you are – whether you’re at home or on holiday”.


“Dansac products are developed to support the quality of life for people living with a stoma. Our products are easy to use and provide security, comfort, and discretion”.


“Protecting peristomal skin means using products that provide a good seal around the stoma and promote skin health. Hollister uses the unique combination of security and skin health to design skin barriers that help maintain healthy skin”.

(Click on any of the above logos to go to the company websites)

When : 14:00 to 16:00 on November 9th 2022
Where : Malmaison, The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA

The Ostimate’s Kitchen: Home delivery service Fittlworth, in conjunction with Colostomy UK, have created a nutritional guide and recipe book to help ostimates enjoy a healthy and varied diet. Fittleworth have worked closely with nutritionist Laura Coster Bsc (Hons) to create this guide to support ostimates and also French chef Sylvain Gachot to create unique recipes that have been adapted to suit a typical ostomate’s requirements. There will be a demonstration and tasting session.

The latest inovative products from Dansac and Hollister will be shared highlighting the importance of security & skin health.

To confirm your attendance, please
call: 01273696 955 ext. 64215 or

Access and Parking (free) via Bridge on Level 6a of Marina multi-storey car park.
Light refreshments available.




Deborah James

There is nothing much that can be added to what so many others have already said on hearing the news of the death of this valiant young woman.

She devoted the last years of her brief life to raising awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer despite knowing that for her, as for far too many others, her bowel cancer diagnosis came too late.

We are reminded that despite the many and considerable advances that have been made in recent years, there are still great gaps between the expectations and reality of what medical science can achieve in cancer treatment and avoidance. For a long time to come public awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer will remain a key strategy.

We owe Deborah James such a lot for lending her last years to such a valuable cause; this debt can be best repaid by redoubling our efforts to help, as she did, to “raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer”.

Adele Roberts on living with her stoma

Last October, the Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts announced she’d been diagnosed with bowel cancer. She’s been through intense treatment, and now wears a stoma bag as her bowel recovers.
To hear her story and the sories from others on living with a stoma, click on the photo or here

Feedback from the Lewes Folk Evening – Sat 14th May

On Saturday 14th May we were treated to a brilliant evening’s entertainment at the Lewes Folk Club upstairs in the Elephant & Castle pub. The star attraction was “The Old Firm Plus One” comprising Marilyn Bennet, Iris Bishop, Denise & Stuart Savage and Jim Ward. Other acts were Charlotte Olive & Richard Spong and Martyn Wyndham-Read. The Lewes Folk Club pledged the gate money ( a not inconsiderable sum) to C-Side several of whose members were pleased to attend a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Folk Evening in Support of C-Side – Sat 14th May

This is definitely an event not to be missed – a Folk Evening (long in the planning & postponed by the pandemic) in support of C-Side.

It’s all in the poster so get it in our diary. A great line-up of artists from the Sussex Folk scene.

To avoid dissapointment by being turned away or the discomfort of having to stand throughout this event, reserve a seat – see the email address on the poster

Nutrition Advice and Support from AITC

C-Side has a great working relationship with Albion in the Community (AITC); over the years we’ve had many visits from their experts who have spoken to us on physical exercise & health matters. We were very pleased to welcome Mari Clark to our meetings on Thursday 24th January 2022. She gave us an interesting and insightful guide on nutrition and what consitutes a healthy diet; this being such a vital area of interest for all those living with bowel and anal cancer and other digestive diseases.

To find out more of what Mari does click on the AITC logo above or on this link.

To learn more of Mari’s background and considerable experience go here.

Invest in the NHS Cancer Workforce

Covid-19 exposed the terrible strain the NHS cancer workforce has been under for years. This is now the greatest threat facing the NHS. We are calling for the Government to use the Spending Review to fund the additional provision of NHS staff to diagnose, treat and care for cancer patients. Follow this link or just click on the image to read more and add your name to this petition:-