Beating bowel cancer together

A journalist's guide

For all media enquiries, contact our press office on 020 7940 1766 or email press@bowelcanceruk.org.uk. For out of hours please ring 07810 204 048 (journalists only please).

 

The facts about bowel cancer

Here are some useful statistics to give you an overview of bowel cancer in the UK:

  • Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK claiming more than 16,000 lives a year, that's over 44 people every day.
  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
  • Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s over 42,000 people every year. Every 30 minutes someone dies from the disease in the UK. 
  • Bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s but it can affect people of all ages. More than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year.
  • 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
  • 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. Early diagnosis really does save lives.

Read more about bowel cancer

 

Who are we?

We're the UK's leading bowel cancer charity. We're determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. 

  • We campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care across the UK
  • We support and fund targeted research to help stop people dying of bowel cancer
  • We provide expert support and information for everyone affected by bowel cancer

Read more about what we do

 

Awards and accreditations

Read more about our history and awards

 

Interviews and case studies

We have a range of spokespeople and case studies available for interview to talk about our work and bowel cancer.

These include:

  • Luke Squires, Director of Fundraising
  • Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research & External Affairs
  • Lauren Wiggins, Director of Services
  • Claire Donaghy, Head of Scotland & Northern Ireland
  • Lowri Griffiths, Head of Wales
  • Dr Alex Connor, Head of Policy & Campaigns
  • Rose Stone, Head of Support & Information
  • Dr Julia Ambler, Head of Research

We also have a wonderful array of case studies who are happy to share their personal experiences of bowel cancer with the media.

Read our real life stories

 

For all media enquiries, contact our press office on 020 7940 1760 / 07810 204 048 or email press@bowelcanceruk.org.uk.

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Your support helps save lives. Donate now and help us ensure a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer.

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