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New bowel screening test prompts major rise in uptake

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.

UK cancer survival rates over 10 years behind Europe

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.

Our giant toilet roll awareness stand is hitting the road

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.

Changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund come into force

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.

A rational approach to rationing

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.

Help inform our work by taking part in our survey

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.

Proposed changes to drug access in Northern Ireland

Yesterday, Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells NLA announced recommended changes to Northern Ireland’s current drug approval process. 

New bowel cancer home screening test introduced in Scotland

A new bowel cancer screening test is going to be introduced in Scotland in a bid to increase participation in Scotland’s screening programme and save more lives.

Health Secretary Shona Robison announced today the start of the new FIT home screening test (the faecal immunochemical test), where just one bowel motion sample is needed instead of the three required for the current test.

FIT will be introduced over the next two years to boost the uptake in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme from its current level of 56%.

New director to drive improvements in bowel cancer services

Beating Bowel Cancer has announced the appointment of Tom Smith in the new, key role of Director of Service Innovation at the charity.

Smith, who previously held the position of Chief Executive of the British Society of Gastroenterology for 7 years, is taking up the post on 2nd March.

Can you take on the challenge of Meat Free Week?

At Beating Bowel Cancer we are thrilled to be one of the chosen charities of Meat Free Week, a new fundraising campaign which originated in Australia, where you simply give up meat for a week and get your friends and family to sponsor you.

Meat Free Week takes place between 23 and 29 March and encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact that eating too much has on your health, animals and the environment.