Bowel & Cancer Research aims to promote bowel health and break down taboos through engaging with the general public. We are committed to reducing the number of people dying from bowel cancer. Since early diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between life and death, we believe raising awareness of the symptoms no-one should ignore is as important as the research we fund.
Learn your BCA – it could save your life!
While the majority of bowel cancer cases occur in people aged 50 plus, it can strike at a much younger age, so everyone needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms and know what BCA stands for:
- B is for bleeding from the bottom
- C is for change in the bowel habits
- A is for abdominal pain, also acute tiredness and/or a lump in your tummy
If you experience any of these symptoms over 4 or more weeks see your GP
If you would like to order a supply of Bowel Cancer Awareness cards and posters for your event, workplace or organisation, please contact Micky on 020 7882 8749 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening Saves Lives
The NHS now offers bowel cancer screening to people aged 60-74. If and when you are sent a kit, do take action. Screening can detect the early signs of cancers before symptoms present and when treatment is most likely to be effective. We know it’s not a particularly nice job, but the response rates for screening could be much better.
Don’t ignore this opportunity.
For more information please visit:
Over 75? It is possible to request a kit by calling Freephone 0800 707 6060
Help reduce your risk
The link between healthy living and risk reduction is becoming increasingly acknowledged. Weight and alcohol are risk factors not only for bowel and many other cancers but heart disease and diabetes too. You can help protect yourself by:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet that’s rich in fibre and low in fat
- Reducing your intake of fats, red meat and processed foods
- Increasing your consumption of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Monitoring the amount of alcohol you drink
For more information on bowel cancer, its diagnosis and treatment visit our bowel cancer page.