Bowels remain one of our society’s last taboos and men are particularly reluctant to discuss anything relating to their bowel function. The problem is that this reluctance is putting men’s lives at risk.
Bowel cancer screening could save your life. It could also save the life of other people as it helps to increase our understanding of the disease and supports vital research.
One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. The disease claims over 16,000 lives a year in the UK, making it the second biggest cancer killer. It is most common in the over 50s, accounting for nine out of 10 new cases.
Detecting bowel cancer early can hugely increase your chance of survival. Nine out of ten cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught in the early stages before they have spread. Rapid detection of bowel cancer really does save lives.