Bowel Cancer Awareness
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. It’s the second biggest cancer killer. But it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops.
Being aware of the key symptoms and contacting your GP practice
if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis, and could save your life.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
- A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, contact your GP practice.
For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Get active every day in April - Step up for 30
During April, sign up to Step up for 30 with us! It's really simple, just get active every day and ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you. Whilst you’re getting fitter and feeling healthier, you’ll also be raising money to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research. Sign up today.
Book a free online talk
Bowel Cancer UK have an award-winning team of trained volunteers can give free online awareness talks
to workplaces and community groups about symptoms, risk factors and screening.
Do you have staff or volunteers who are tasked with spreading awareness messages? Bowel Cancer UK’s team offers training in all aspects of bowel health, screening and symptoms awareness
Step up for 30
During April, Bowel Cancer UK are asking you to Step up for 30 with us! It's really simple, just get active every day and ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you. Whilst you’re getting fitter and feeling healthier, you’ll also be raising money to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research. Sign up today.
Information for healthcare professionals
To access campaign resources click here.
Display slides on public information screens
Bowel Cancer UK have slides compatible with public information screens which are particularly useful in places such as GP or hospital waiting areas.
Use leaflets and posters
Raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and help your patients understand screening with the range of posters, z-cards and leaflets tailored for each UK nation. Order completely free of charge now while stocks last. Please note they accept orders of a minimum of 300 individual items of any kind.
Join Health Professional Network
The Professional Network is a community of healthcare professionals who provide treatment, care and support for people with bowel cancer. Sign up today and receive a quarterly email newsletter, exclusive access to a range of professionals and share best practice.
Free bowel cancer course
Bowel Cancer UK have partnered with GatewayC, an online cancer education platform aimed at primary care health professionals, to produce a free course on bowel cancer screening, the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) test and early diagnosis.