Together with bowel cancer patients, clinicians and thousands of supporters we’re achieving real change. By tweeting, signing an e-petition, writings emails and letters, or meeting with your local MP, you've helped us to accomplish great things for people affected by bowel cancer. Here are just some success stories.
Right Test, Right Time
Scotland is the only UK nation to introduce the more accurate faecal immunochemical test (FIT) into its screening programme. FIT is vital for improving the chance of an early diagnosis as it can detect more early stage cancers than the current screening test. This test must be introduced across the UK.
Success: At a debate on bowel cancer screening secured by one of our very own bowel cancer champions, the Minister for Cancer publicly committed to rolling out FIT this autumn in England.
Never Too Young
We know that younger bowel cancer patients have a very different experience of diagnosis, treatment and care. Our campaign is giving younger patients a voice, as well as changing clinical practice and policy to help stop people under 50 dying of bowel cancer.
Success: Together we changed the guidance given to GPs on referring patients to include vital information on identifying young people with symptoms that could be caused by cancer for the first time. This will help save lives.
Time to Test for Lynch syndrome
We want everyone diagnosed with bowel cancer tested for Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that dramatically increases the risk bowel cancer in all age groups.
Success: Thanks to the backing of our supporters and clinicians, we now have new guidance that recommends everyone diagnosed with bowel cancer is tested for Lynch syndrome at the time of diagnosis. We’re working tirelessly to make sure testing is taking place in every hospital. Find out if your local hospital is testing.
Putting bowel cancer on the political agenda
Following last year’s General Election, hundreds of our campaigners contacted their MP to ask if they would become a bowel cancer champion to help drive bowel cancer up the political agenda.
Success: Thanks to our amazing campaigners, we now have over 50 bowel cancer champions in Parliament helping us push for life-saving changes in the way we diagnose and treat bowel cancer. Find out if your MP is a Bowel Cancer Champion.