You've done the moustache thanks to Movember; what about a beard for Decembeard?
Decembeard is the month of raising awareness of Bowel Cancer around the world. All you need to do is have a clean shave on 30th November and let your facial fuzz grow throughout December. If you’re already bearded you can just dye, ditch or decorate your beard instead - anything - and get sponsored to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK.
Bowel cancer means a cancer that starts in the colon (large bowel) or back passage (rectum). It is also known as colorectal cancer. Cancers can also occur in the small bowel.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 20,000 cases a year. It's the third most common cause of cancer death in males in the UK and one in 15 UK males will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime.
In females in the UK, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer and the third most common cause of cancer death, with around 7,500 deaths in 2016.
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See your doctor if you notice a change that isn’t normal for you or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of cancer.
Detecting bowel cancer before symptoms appear means it is easier to treat and there is a better chance of survival. A new improved home test kit for screening is now available called a FIT test, which is used to detect and quantify the amount of human blood in a single stool sample. An abnormal result requires further investigation. The FIT test is easy!
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland people over the age of 60 are invited to take part in bowel cancer screening. In Scotland, screening starts from age 50. You will be invited to take part in screening every two years until you reach the age of 75.