Bowel Cancer UK

Research into bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However it shouldn't be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Through strategic investment in targeted research, we will deliver improvements in bowel cancer survival in our lifetime.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071038)

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Championed by Candis Club


  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Around 16,000 people die from bowel cancer each year. 9 out of 10 patients diagnosed in the earliest stages will survive but to increase early diagnosis we need to know more about the risk factors, how to prevent the disease developing, why it is increasing in patients under the age of 50, and how to improve screening. Research is also needed into treatment for advanced bowel cancer so that those who are diagnosed at a later stage have a better chance of survival.


The major advances in saving lives from bowel cancer in the past 20 years have all come through research. We have a network of highly skilled researchers, work in collaboration with others and are committed to developing future research leaders. We work with researchers on our Scientific Advisory Board and patients on our Lay Review Panel to ensure we are funding the best quality research that will be of most benefit to patients.

  • In order to accelerate progress, we urgently need to invest in bowel cancer research of the highest quality, facilitate collaboration and build research capacity. I believe Bowel Cancer UK is ideally placed to provide the step change that’s needed to transform bowel cancer survival.

    — Dr Suzy Lishman, Bowel Cancer UK Scientific Advisory Board Chair and Consultant Histopathologist

  • I owe my life to the bowel cancer screening programme. I was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer and quickly had treatment. I now volunteer with the charity to raise awareness of the symptoms, risks and screening in my local community.

    — Dorothy, Bowel Cancer UK volunteer

  • I didn’t even ask if it could be bowel cancer as I never thought my symptoms could lead to that. Since my diagnosis, my GP has expressed his shock and said out of all things it could be, he thought bowel cancer would be at the bottom of the list.

    — Rachael, who was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer aged 23