Our work in Wales
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Wales. Every year almost 2,300 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Wales and more than 900 people die from the disease. However bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
We undertake a range of activities in Wales as part of our work to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Community Voices Cymru
Bowel Cancer Community Voices Cymru is a group for people affected by bowel cancer in Wales to share your experiences with others who have been through something similar, tell us about your experience of treatment and care and have your say on the development of services in Wales.
You can commit to as much or as little as you want, from signing up to complete occasional online surveys, to committing to joining weekly project groups. We offer a range of options to suit your availability.
To find out more, click on the link below to complete the registration form or contact the Wales team on: email@example.com or 07496 857309.
Free toolkit for community pharmacies in Wales
We've worked closely with community pharmacy staff in Wales to create a free toolkit to help promote early diagnosis of bowel cancer and encourage uptake of bowel cancer screening.
Bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening can save lives but in Wales, but only 65% of people invited to take part in screening actually do so. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it's easier to treat, so we're encouraging people to take part in the bowel screening programme in Wales.
- Find out more about bowel cancer screening.
Our expert information and support
- Order or download our free publications that are full of expert information
- Find our range of information about bowel cancer including symptoms, risk factors, screening,
diagnosis, treatment and living with and beyond the disease
- Join Chat Together, our online support groups for people living with and beyond bowel cancer. It's a welcoming place to share experiences in a friendly, supportive and informal environment.
- Our online communities are for everyone affected by bowel cancer to ask questions, read about people’s experiences and support each other.
We work with volunteers and healthcare professionals across Wales to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
- We provide free online bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups to help people understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors, as well as the importance of screening.
- We're always on the lookout for people to join our volunteer team. If you live in Wales and are interested in volunteering for us, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
We're determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
- Our campaigning and policy work covers issues affecting people right across the UK and we include the experience of people in Wales in all our work.
Our work with others
We love to collaborate and work with others to improve outcomes for people with cancer and are involved in a number of groups, alliances and boards which means we can bring all the evidence we have to bear upon bowel and wider cancer policy development in Wales.
We have representations on a number of groups, alliances and boards including:
- Bowel Screening Wales' Programme Board and FIT Optimisation Board
- Wales Cancer Alliance
- Bowel Cancer Initiative
- Endoscopy Programme Operational Delivery Group
Single Cancer Pathway Implementation Group
Moondance Cancer Initiative
Many of our services in Wales are funded until 2024 by Moondance Cancer Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation that funds and supports projects to improve cancer survival across Wales. Overseen by Prof Jared Torkington, their Bowel Cancer Programme brings together motivated partners from across the bowel cancer community who are working together to improve all areas of the bowel cancer patient pathway.
Some of the work the Moondance Cancer Initiative is supporting us to deliver:
- developing our support services in Wales for bowel cancer patients and their loved ones
- developing ways for bowel cancer patients to be involved and engaged in improving their care and support across the country
- educating and supporting healthcare professionals in Wales, including work with community pharmacies
- raising awareness of bowel screening and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer by growing our volunteer base across Wales to deliver awareness activity
How you can help
Fundraise for us
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 Wales to help us to stop people dying of bowel cancer.
- Join our Sunset Trek in Wales on 10 September 2022
- Take part in Brew Together
- Organise your own fundraising event
- Become a corporate partner
- Make a donation
Our supporters and volunteers make change happen. Every bake sale, run, corporate partnership, awareness talk and donation brings us a step closer to stopping bowel cancer.
We're working hard with researchers across the UK. We're campaigning at the heart of Welsh Government. We support patients and their families, and we're educating people about bowel cancer.
We're always looking for people to join us by helping us make change happen. Please take a look at the ways you can support us below. Thank you / Diolch.