In 2013 more than 41,075 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer. It’s the 2nd biggest cancer killer and takes a life the equivalent of every half an hour.
21,000 procedures are carried out every year that result in the formation of a stoma and it is estimated that up to 100,000 individuals at any one time are living with a stoma.
Bowel cancer takes lives, and other bowel diseases can cause misery and devastate people’s quality of life. Colitis and Crohn’s disease can cause such pain that they can only be managed with morphine-based drugs which have to be administered in hospital.
Despite the serious impact of bowel disease, it receives about half the funding that its impact merits, perhaps because bottoms, bowels and their function are one of the very last taboos.
Bowel & Cancer Research is a registered UK charity. We fund the best research around the UK to investigate new ideas and we support our future experts through a PhD studentship programme. We also involve patients, their loved ones and carers in our own and our partners’ research.
Among other achievements, our support has delivered the first National Centre dedicated to bowel research, progressed our understanding of how bowel cancer develops and is helping us to understand and manage pain for people living with chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Bowel & Cancer Research – Saving Lives and Changing Lives.
“I am around today thanks to investment in research.”
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Why we do it
This Bowel Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to speak out about what it’s like to wear a colostomy bag after bowel cancer surgery and still look great. I’ve learnt to say yes to fashion and so can you.