Please read below and share, share, share as us guys are pretty good at not going to our GP often until the disease has progressed.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and during the month we’ll be raising awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. Every 40 minutes in England someone dies from bowel cancer, meaning that 13,000 people die from the disease every year – that’s 36 people every day.
Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.
Help us spread the word!
Order free copies of our handy symptoms guide and we’ll send you five so you can share them with family and friends. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.
What have we got planned for the month?
Come and cheer on our mega Marathon team!
This year’s London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April and we need your help to make as much noise as possible for our amazing team of over 100 runners! If you are interested in volunteering please email Beth in our Events Team.
No previous cheer-leading experience required!
Be inspired to get on your bike
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to join team #STOPbowelcancer.
Be inspired by our many fundraisers this April and join our biggest RideLondon team we’ve ever had. Start training now and you’ll be ready to go come the end of July to show those roads who’s boss!
Know the Score
Players, managers and personalities from the world of professional football will be showing their support for the eighth annual Know the Score campaign by donning a Star of Hope pin badge.
Keep an eye out on Match of the Day for those showing support by wearing the international symbol for those affected by bowel cancer! Find out more about the campaign here.
Time to Test
We want every bowel cancer patient to be tested at diagnosis for Lynch syndrome – a genetic condition that dramatically increases the lifetime risk of bowel cancer to up to 80%, as well as many other cancers. We recently revealed that more than 80% of hospitals in England are failing to do this because they aren’t being given the funding to pay for these tests. We urgently need your help to make sure every hospital is testing in line with clinical guidance. Take action and tell your MP it’s time to test.
Be a Star, Bake a Cake returns for its third year and we are seeing even more amazing supporters signing up to be part of our team to hold a bake sale and raise awareness and donations.
We have lots of celebrity recipes on our website to inspire your bakes. Sharing a sweet treat is the perfect way to raise awareness and vital funds this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Book an awareness talk
What better time than Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is there to book a free talk for your workplace or community?
Our team of trained volunteers, all with personal experience of bowel cancer, give free awareness talks to groups about symptoms, risk factors and screening.
Keep an eye on our blog
Throughout April we’ll be publishing lots of blogs, announcing some exciting research news and launching our fundraising campaign Step up for 30, now in its second year.
We’ve also polled the nation to see what they know about bowel cancer symptoms, which will be revealed soon.