New figures released today by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer show the majority of bowel cancer patients are still diagnosed too late, costing the NHS millions.
There is currently a huge variation within the NHS across England in terms of early diagnosis of bowel cancer- the UK’s second biggest cancer killer - with the best performing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) diagnosing 63% of patients early, compared with only 30% in the worst[i] [ii].
At Beating Bowel Cancer we rely on the generosity of our supporters to raise awareness, volunteer their time and help us raise funds. Each year we recognise the fantastic work of individuals who go above and beyond to ensure that we are beating bowel cancer every day.
At our annual Patient Day on Saturday 18 April, we recognised some amazing people through our ‘Achievement Awards’ presented by our Ambassador, Freya North and our Chairman Sir Christopher Pitchers. Here we share their stories.
Beating Bowel Cancer are delighted to announce we are partners in the new Stratified Medicine Consortium which was jointly launched today by CANCER RESEARCH UK (CRUK) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Consortium was created to help personalise bowel cancer treatment by matching patients to the most effective therapies.
We were delighted this morning to see Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher talk movingly on the show about why he is taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer.
A large pilot study of the new bowel cancer screening Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT for short) has demonstrated a major increase in participation rates.
Last April (2014), Beating Bowel Cancer called on Public Health England to introduce the test and we were delighted when they announced the pilot would take place. You can read our response here.
The media reported today that new research shows cancer survival rates in Britain lag more than ten years behind those in many other European countries.
A study conducted for Macmillan Cancer Support looked at survival rates in 67 countries for patients diagnosed with lung, breast, colon and stomach cancers in 1995 to 1999, compared with levels in 2005 to 2009.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and we’ll be hitting the road with our giant toilet roll awareness stand to help ‘Lift the Lid’ on the disease.
We know that 9 out of 10 cases of bowel cancer can be treated successfully if diagnosed early. Too few people talk about bowel cancer and it is still considered a taboo by many. Sometimes embarrassment can even stop people from getting the help they need.
With changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund in England coming into force from this evening (12 March), we outline what this means for bowel cancer patients.
Earlier this year, NHS England announced changes to the treatments available through the Cancer Drugs Fund. To save money a number of treatments have been removed, with further treatments likely to be removed in the future as NHS England try to get the budget under control.
In his latest blog, our Chief Executive Mark Flannagan tackles the hot topic of the Cancer Drugs Fund.
"The recent decision to remove some drugs from the Cancer Drugs Fund approved list generated stark headlines, combative comments and an apparent wide chasm of views. But whatever the reaction it is clear that when it comes to long term funding of cancer drugs both the Government and the drugs companies have failed to seize the opportunity and both must share the blame for failing to fix this problem.
At Beating Bowel Cancer we believe we can save 4,000 lives over the next five years if we work in partnership to improve the treatment and care of bowel cancer patients.
We know that 9 in 10 cases of bowel cancer can be treated successfully if caught early enough and that bowel cancer can be beaten. Better prevention, swifter diagnosis and better treatment and aftercare would have a huge impact.