The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the treatment is to be successful.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Also the second most common cause of cancer death. More than 44 people die from the disease every day in the UK. That’s equivalent to four entire football teams.
1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women in the UK will develop bowel cancer at some point in their lifetime. We’re making great progress at tackling the disease. Since the Bobby Moore Fund was established in 1993, bowel cancer mortality rates have fallen by approximately 30%.
It's crucial to spot bowel cancer early. The great news is that if detected at the earliest stage, more than nine out of ten patients will survive the disease for more than five years.
So it is important to see your GP as soon as possible if you notice worrying symptoms.
Small changes make a difference
Bowel cancer research
Bowel cancer research projects funded through Bobby Moore Fund and CRUK include:
- Tracking the changes that turn healthy bowel cells into cancer cells. This work is revealing how the disease develops, and pointing towards future treatments.
- Testing whether giving patients chemotherapy before surgery can shrink their tumour, which could make it easier to remove and reduce the chances of it coming back.
- Developing pioneering new screening techniques to detect bowel cancer at the earliest possible stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
- Understanding the early genetic changes that occur in cells lining the gut, which lead to the development of bowel cancer.