Help us to stop bowel cancer

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer and funds to support our work.
 

Raise awareness

This year we are focusing on bowel cancer screening

Screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK 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 is easier to treat.
 
Screening will help stop people dying from bowel cancer. We can all raise awareness of bowel cancer screening this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
  • If you are over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland), take the test when you receive it in the post.
  • If you are younger, tell the people over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland) in your life, to take the test.

Screening can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when it is easier to treat. Sometimes it can prevent bowel cancer from developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.

“I consider myself very lucky.  Completing the screening test was the best decision I have ever made. There is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t, I would not be alive today. Anyone reading this, who is eligible to participate in the screening programme, should not think twice about it. Just do it.” Joy from Oxfordshire

Find out more about screening

 

Book a talk at your workplace or community group

We have a team of volunteers across the UK who deliver clear, comprehensive, evidence-based talks on symptoms, risk factors and screening. If a volunteer is not available in your area, we can provide a film for you to show. Book a talk
 

Order an information pack

We can provide you with a free information pack to hold a display during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. The pack contains a selection of booklets, posters and leaflets which you can use to raise awareness of bowel cancer. The materials can also be downloaded here. Order an information pack

Raise money

The Star of Hope - the international symbol for bowel cancer - is the central theme for our fundraising activity during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.  All money raised will support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. Join us and be a star this April.

 

Be a Star, Bake a Cake

This April be a star and hold a cake stall, coffee morning, afternoon tea or a bake sale and raise funds for us. It's easy and everyone can get involved whether you love to bake and get creative in the kitchen or would prefer to buy something delicious from your local supermarket!
 
Hold your bake sale at home, work or in the community and invite your friends, family and colleagues to sample the delicious treats and make a donation. All money raised will support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. Find out more about Be a Star, Bake a Cake
 
 

Other things you can do

For more information about Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, email admin@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
We are determined to save lives from bowel cancer but we can’t do this without you. Support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer.
We are determined to save lives from bowel cancer but we can’t do this without you. Support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer.