Our work in England
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in England and the second biggest cancer killer. Every year nearly 35,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the country and more than 13,500 people die from the disease. However bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
We undertake a range of activities in England as part of our work to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
We raise awareness
Volunteers in England, who've been affected by bowel cancer in some way, deliver online bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups, helping people to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors, as well as the importance of screening. Find out more and book a talk.
We train healthcare professionals
Our training courses equip healthcare professionals with the confidence to spread awareness messages and the knowledge and skills to support professional practice. Find out more.
Working together with people affected by bowel cancer and the clinical and research community, we campaign to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care in England. The key areas we campaign on include:
- Championing early diagnosis by calling for vital improvements to the bowel cancer screening programme; and ensuring the NHS has enough staff to carry out endoscopy tests that diagnose the disease
- Securing better outcomes for younger people with bowel cancer through our Never Too Young campaign. This includes campaigning for better identification and management of people with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that increases the risk of developing bowel cancer at a younger age
- Improving access to the best treatment and care for people with advanced bowel cancer through our Get Personal campaign
Our campaigners work with us to help save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. Join us as a campaign supporter today.
We encourage people to take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme
Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of England only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it's easier to treat. Find out more about the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.
We're determined to help save lives but we can't do this without you. There are lots of ways you can support us in England and help fund vital research to help stop people dying from bowel cancer.