April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and Bowel Cancer UK are running a number of campaigns for people to get involved with and to raise awareness of this condition and the work of their organisation.
It’s important to know about bowel cancer because bowel cancer is treatable and curable when detected early enough.
According to Bowel Cancer UK, nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the early stages. Early diagnosis of this condition really does save lives.
Unfortunately, more than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year making it the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, although the numbers have been falling since the 1970s.
This Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer UK is inviting people to Step up for 30 which is a campaign to get people to step and exercise every day in April, and to ask for sponsorship for that activity to raise money for the bowel cancer charity.
You can find out more here.
Remember Together is an event that takes place on Sunday 11 April 2021 to remember all those who have died from bowel cancer. There will be a live-stream online event talking about research into the condition followed by a candle lighting online event.
Details can be found here.
What is bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer. It affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.
The cells in your body normally divide and grow in a controlled way. When cancer develops, the cells change and can grow in an uncontrolled way.
Most bowel cancers develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps. But not all polyps develop into cancer. If your doctor finds any polyps, he or she can remove them to prevent them becoming cancerous.
Cancer cells may stay in the bowel or they might spread to other parts of the body, like the liver or lungs.
If you have been diagnosed with bowel cancer or are caring for someone who is living with the condition, Bowel Cancer UK has an online community forum for help, guidance and information: