One in five men in the UK would not immediately think to visit their GP after experiencing one or more of common symptoms of bowel cancer for three weeks, putting their lives at risk from late diagnosis, a new survey commissioned by Beating Bowel Cancer reveals today.
Experiencing health issues such as a persistent change in bowel habit, abdominal pain, a stomach lump or unexplained weight loss or tiredness for three weeks would not prompt 20% of men to make an appointment with their doctor.
Beating Bowel Cancer’s new report - Bowel cancer: a vision for 2020 - illustrates how we all can, by 2020, set out to beat cancer through earlier diagnosis, better treatment, care and support.
In the report, which was launched at our Manchester Patient Day at The Christie on 21st November, we set out the five key ambitions that will make this a reality:
Today, NHS England has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) which is due to end next March.
Today the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence issued an interim recommendation not to approve the use of Cetuximab and Panitumumab for use on the NHS in England. This decision throws into doubt the future funding of these drugs for the treatment of advanced bowel cancer.
Data about more than 2 million patients diagnosed with cancer from 2006 to 2013 has been published by Public Health England today.
The data found that the proportion of cancers diagnosed as an emergency at hospital has decreased. Meanwhile the proportion of cancers diagnosed through urgent GP referral with a suspicion of cancer has increased.
On the 4th September we reported that more life-extending bowel cancer treatments would be removed from the Cancer Drugs Fund, making them no longer available on the NHS from the beginning of November 2015.
It was reported yesterday that 7 of the drug treatments under threat will no longer be dropped but the other 18 treatments have now been de-listed and are no longer available for new patients.
We can confirm that the advanced bowel cancer treatments affected are:
Being diagnosed early could depend on whereabouts in the country you live.
Cancer Research UK found "unacceptable variation" between different areas after reviewing cases in 2012 and 2013.
The worst area for late diagnosis was Merseyside. Half of cancers in that area were found at a late stage. This compares to the best areas including Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire, where 40% were diagnosed late.
Processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
Its report said 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon, increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. You can read more on the story here.
If you would like to know more about eating well after bowel cancer please see our Eating well online booklet here.
We're delighted to announce that Good Morning Britain presenter, Sean Fletcher, has become an Ambassador for the charity.
Earlier this year, Sean ran the London Marathon on behalf of the charity and highlighted the issue of bowel cancer on ITV's Good Morning Britain, talking about how his family have been affected by the disease.
We were delighted to be recognised at the Third Sector Awards in central London last night. The charity had been shortlisted for the Fundraising team of the Year.
Director of Fundraising, Graham Kelly said: “We’re incredibly proud of being shortlisted for this prestigious award and grateful to all those who contributed to our fundraising total last year. This includes Beating Bowel Cancer's fantastic team of staff and supporters and all those individuals and organisation who donated to our campaigns.