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Our report "Bowel cancer: a vision for 2020" illustrates how we all can, by 2020, set out to beat cancer through earlier diagnosis, better treatment, care and s...upport.

The report, which you can read here, sets out the five key ambitions that will make this a reality:

1. One million more people screened
2. No one with symptoms turned away
3. The best treatment for every patient
4. More bowel cancer nurses
5. Support for everyone after treatment

Mark Flannagan, our Chief Executive, said: “Bowel cancer can be beaten – if we act now to diagnose more people early and we deliver the best possible care and treatment."

Beating Bowel Cancer 05 January 2016

Beating Bowel Cancer

If you've been treated for bowel cancer, your digestive system is bound to be affected and you may even experience changes to your appetite.
Our 'Eating Well' b...ooklet is packed full of information about how surgery, treatments and a stoma can affect what you eat and also has great tips from patients.
You can download the booklet at
All of our publications are available to download, or order in hard copy, completely free of charge at:
Beating Bowel Cancer 07 January 2016

Beating Bowel Cancer

Sharon Anderson was 35 and had two young children when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer 11 years ago. She had undergone genetic testing because of a family ...history of cancer and this was followed up with a colonoscopy and subsequent diagnosis.
Sharon said “So, I went to that colonoscopy as a healthy 35 year old with no symptoms; I left a few hours later with a letter for my doctor saying that I already had a tumour in my colon.
“The next 6 weeks were mad. There were appointments, scans and lots of tears. Luckily I had the most amazing support from my family, friends, and my consultant.
“My consultant decided that although I needed a sub-total colectomy (having cancer at 35 meant the risk of it coming back was too high to just remove the section it was in) I could have keyhole surgery, instead of the far more invasive surgery that was common at the time.
“4 days after the operation I was sitting up dressed and packed and no doctor or nurse was going to keep me from going home to my children.”
Because her cancer was caught early, Sharon didn’t require any further treatment but has regular colonoscopies.
“I would say to anyone going through cancer, however you feel after, you will need help to deal with the 'bigness' of it all, whether that is from counselling or just being able to get advice and talk to people going through the same thing through Beating Bowel Cancer. 11 years on, I'm enjoying life. The best thing about having had cancer is that you realise what's important and what's not.”
Beating Bowel Cancer 08 January 2016

Beating Bowel Cancer

We know that a bowel cancer diagnosis comes as a huge shock and treatment can be extremely tough, but many say that they struggle with life after the treatment ...has finished. The people around you may presume you’re fine because you got the all-clear. The reality is many people are worried about their future, or they live with long term after-effects from surgery and chemotherapy.
But there are things that people can do to help even after treatment has ended. Simple acts of kindness can go a long way. Asking how someone is doing, whether that’s 3 months or 3 years down the line, because it's not always over when it's over. For the people trying to move on- don’t put too much pressure on yourself to feel all better again. There's no time limit.
Here at Beating Bowel Cancer, we want to be there for everybody affected by bowel cancer and that includes all the people who have finished treatment. This is why we have introduced a brand new section on our online forum called Life beyond Cancer for people just like Michelle Cheshire. Michelle said "I have recently been given the all clear, but I still post on the forum a year on. It might be about scanxiety oncoliwobbles." You can see our new section here!…/life-beyond-bowe…/
Beating Bowel Cancer 11 January 2016

Beating Bowel Cancer

"Bowel Cancer Voices" is an informal and diverse network of people affected by bowel cancer with a desire to give something back.
A Bowel Cancer Voice might patient-to-patient support over the phone, raise awareness in their community or the media, talk to groups via our 'Health in the Workplace' scheme, or raise funds to support our work.
If you would be interested in becoming a Bowel Cancer Voice, you can find more information, and a link to a registration form at
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