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 almost 42,000 people every year. Every 30 minutes someone dies from the disease in the UK. 
  • More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (58%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect any age. More than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year.
  • 1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 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.

 

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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 fund targeted research to help stop people dying of bowel cancer
  • We provide expert support and information for everyone affected by bowel cancer

 

A little bit about our history:

  • Bowel Cancer UK was first set up by Patrick Dolan as The Britta Dolan Memorial Cancer Fund in 1987, after his wife, Britta Dolan, died from bowel cancer
  • In 2005, we changed our name to Bowel Cancer UK to convey the national nature of our work and reflect the increasingly widespread use of the term bowel cancer to describe the disease
  • In 2008 we won the first ever European grant made by the US based Amgen Foundation, to help raise awareness of the disease amongst BME communities and increase their take up of screening
  • In 2013 we launched our Never Too Young campaign to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of younger bowel cancer patients
  • We announced our move into research in 2015. Three years later in 2018, we awarded our first round of grants worth nearly £440,000 to support research with the greatest benefits for those at risk and affected by bowel cancer.
  • In 2018 Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer joined together to stop people dying from the disease.
  • Beating Bowel Cancer was formed in 1999 to support people affected by the disease and specialised in the provision of services.  

 

Awards and accreditations

 

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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:

  • Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive
  • Luke Squires, Director of Fundraising
  • Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research & External Affairs
  • Gail Curry, Head of Health Promotion and Training
  • Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns
  • Claire Donaghy, Head of Scotland 
  • Lowri Griffiths, Head of Wales
  • Niamh McDaid & Bernie McGarry, Senior Health Promotion & Training Officers, Northern Ireland

We also have a wonderful array of case studies who are happy to share their personal experiences of bowel cancer with the media. To read their stories, click here

 

Read about our case studies

 

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).

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