Bowel Cancer UK has some great fundraising ideas, ranging from X-box gaming marathons to Strictly nights!
You can also host a bowel cancer awareness talk in your workplace or community group - an great way to raise awareness of the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and encourage good bowel health. Talks run for approximately 30 minutes and are free of charge.
Bowel cancer is a disease that may start in the colon (large bowel) or back passage (rectum). It is also known as colorectal cancer. Cancers can also occur in the small bowel.
It’s the third most common cancer in men and women in the UK. Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK: one in fifteen men and one in eighteen women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
Symptoms can include:
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!
Bowel cancer screening is about to be offered for those in England aged 50 years plus soon in line with Scotland and Wales 50 to 74 years.
Read the latest Public Health Matters blog on seven ways to reduce your risk.