Beating bowel cancer together

Moondance Bowel Cancer Project

The Moondance Bowel Cancer Project aims to transform five year bowel cancer survival rates in Wales within a decade. Thanks to funding from the Moondance Foundation, motivated partners from across the bowel cancer community will work together to deliver a series of activities to improve all areas of the patient pathway.

Why is the project important?

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer in Wales. Every year more than 2,200 people are diagnosed with the disease and over 900 people die. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage.

The Moondance Bowel Cancer Project recognises that radical new approaches are needed to achieve the step change required to dramatically improve outcomes in Wales. That is why this exciting programme of work challenges all aspects of the patient pathway; from improving awareness of signs and symptoms, increasing screening uptake, to driving down diagnostic waiting times and transforming the way we deliver surgery.

What are we going to do?

Over the next 18 months the project partners will deliver five workstreams:

Outreach and Education

  • Educate and train healthcare professionals about bowel screening and the signs of bowel cancer.
  • Develop and pilot new patient information services in Wales.

Schools Initiative

  • Develop and pilot an intergenerational education programme for children aged 11-18 that will teach them about bowel cancer from prevention and screening through to signs and symptoms and treatment.

Bowel Screening

  • Deliver a range of activities to increase awareness and improve uptake of the bowel screening programme in Wales, with particular focus on areas of low uptake.


  • Develop a fast track training solution for endoscopy nurses which will begin to tackle the shortage of endoscopy capacity in Wales.

Improving Surgical Outcomes

  • Work across Wales to share best practice and accelerate the adoption of the latest technology in bowel cancer surgery.

Our Moondance Bowel Cancer Project partners

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • NHS Wales Health Boards
  • Pontypridd High School
  • NHS Wales pharmacy colleagues
  • Bowel Screening Wales

For more information contact Wendy Evans, Programme Lead, onĀ

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