Bowel & Cancer Research

Today is ‪#‎WorldCancerDay‬ and we have a clear message: there's no time for bowel stigma. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK often due to late detection and the symptoms going unmentioned. But If it is diagnosed at stage one, 9 / 10 people will survive so speak out if you feel something is wrong. Bowel habits are not glamourous but our health is more important than stigma. You can help us break the‪#‎LooTaboo‬ with more research funding this World Cancer Day. Txt LTAB00 £3 to 70070. Please share this post and write your messages below. Thank you everyone.

Bowel & Cancer Research

This ‪#‎ChineseNewYear‬ we're asking you to give a Monkey's. Learn your BCA (bowel cancer awareness) and pass it on to help break the ‪#‎LooTaboo‬ and get earlier diagnosis.

Today is 29th February, ‪#‎LeapDay‬ and we saw nothing but bright blue sky on the way to work and on a Monday too! Positive times call for a positive message. Say pants to cancer and pass it on. smile emoticon ‪#‎MondayMotto‬‪#‎MondayMotivation‬

Last year, Sharon had weightloss surgery and was at her fittest. But in May she found herself bent double in pain. It was only after two GP visits and a call to 111 that she was finally admitted to hospital, had a CT scan and then 6 hours of surgery on her bowel, which doctors had found stuck to her stomach (known as an intussusception). She says "My husband Jon went through hell. So did my three children. We honestly thought I wasn’t going to survive. I’m glad to be alive and grateful to the doctors who saved me". Read Sharon's story in full and please share.

"I'm tired of watching people fight this god awful disease, it's time to fight back and raise money for a good cause." Lisa, ‪#‎LondonMarathon‬ 2015 Bowel & Cancer Research team runner. Got a ballot palce or know someone who does? Share this message so we can get more people on board running for us. Find out more and sign up at Thank you. ‪#‎SavingLives‬ ‪#‎ChangingLives‬

Stuart is part of our ‪#‎LondonMarathon2016‬ race team. In our latest‪#‎InspiringStory‬ blog post he talks about fundraising in memory of his mother in-law with his group 'TeamCathy.' He says "Losing her at the age of just 59 was unimaginable, and we still catch ourselves thinking that we will soon see her again but I also want to use this as an opportunity to support a charity funding amazing research which helps to fight against a disease that has hit our family so hard." We love Stuart's attitude - a very positive way to remember. Read his story and please share.

Our new website is now live! We have information on bowel cancer and IBD (Crohn's and Colitis) as well as IBS and other bowel conditions. There are also a number of ways you can get involved including fundraising events, stories and research involvement. Please take a look and share this post to help us in ‪#‎SavingLives‬ and ‪#‎ChangingLives‬ The only question remaining, is what should our mini researcher be called in the image below? He is currently nameless! suggestions below are welcomed. Thank you everyone.

Run all over bowel cancer in the Bupa London 10000 and ‪#‎raise4research‬email to sign up for a free place with £300 fundraising.

  • New test could detect colon, breast, lung, stomach and womb cancers
  • Scientists at the National Institutes of Health are working on the test
  • Found a 'striking DNA signature' in the 5 types of the disease
  • When tumors develop in the organs one gene changes its chemical mark
  • Currently blood tests for cancer are only effective after other more invasive or intrusive tests, such as colonoscopies or mammograms 


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Petitioning Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt



Lower the age for bowel cancer screening in England to 50




Exactly a year ago today, my family was dealt an earth shattering blow when my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She was 55 at the time, and we were told soon after, that the cancer was terminal. She started chemotherapy immediately after diagnosis, but it was unfortunately too little, too late, and she passed away in March this year, a week after her 56th birthday.

Screening for bowel cancer is available on the NHS, but only from the age of 60. However, in Scotland they start screening from the age of 50. Finding this out was quite a bitter blow. If we lived in Scotland my mum would have already been screened three times before she was finally diagnosed, increasing her chance of being diagnosed earlier and increasing her chance of survival.

Screening isn’t foolproof, but Bowel Cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and if caught in its earliest stages it’s curable.

Cancer research published earlier this year found that if bowel cancer is caught in its earliest stages, there is a 97% chance of surviving 5 years. But if the cancer is caught in its later stages there is a 7% chance of survival. From figures I have found through research, I've estimated that up to 6000 people a year are being diagnosed with bowel cancer in their 50's. Considering they have had no screening available to them at all, I wonder how many of those like my mum are being diagnosed too late.

My Mum was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. She was utterly selfless, loving and wonderful. Unfortunately nothing can change what has happened to my family, and we are having to live with our grief and heartbreak. But if by fighting for this change, even one family are spared this kind of loss then I think it's worth it.



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Bowel cancer is not just a man's disease

Bowel cancer is the third leading cause of death in women. But for some reason, a misconception prevails that it’s an old man’s disease. One lucky female bowel cancer survivor learned the hard way that the disease doesn’t discriminate.


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