Help us to stop bowel cancer

Book a bowel cancer awareness talk for your workplace or community group

Friday 27 January 2017

Bowel Cancer UK’s award-winning health promotion team is looking for work places and community groups across Northern Ireland to host a talk about bowel cancer, to raise awareness of the country’s second biggest cancer killer.

The 30 minute talk is delivered by a trained health promotion volunteer, who often has a personal experience of bowel cancer. The programme, which was awarded a Health and Wellbeing Award by the Royal Society for Public Health, raises awareness of the disease and good bowel health, highlights the symptoms and risks, and stresses the importance of those who are of screening age to take the bowel cancer screening test when they receive it in the post.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Northern Ireland, with 440 people dying each year of the disease and nearly 1,100 people diagnosed. However bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Niamh McDaid, Senior Health Promotion & Training Officer for Northern Ireland at the charity said, “A key part of our work is educating the public about bowel cancer, in particular the importance of early diagnosis, it really does save lives. Our volunteers’ passion for helping people really comes across – they want people to recognise the signs and get checked out as quickly as possible. If your employees or members of a community group would like to have an awareness talk, don’t delay, get in touch now.”

If you’re interested in hosting an awareness talk at your work place, community group and any other place that has an existing group or charity, visit our Book a Talk page or email  niamh.mcdaid@bowelcanceruk.org.uk.