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Bowel (colorectal) cancer

Around 43,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year. Also known as colorectal cancer, bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK.

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include a change in your normal bowel habit – such as pooing more often, looser poo or constipation – or blood in your poo.

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Mark Mondesir at his drum kit

In 2018, as he prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime gig playing for soul singer Jocelyn Brown, Mark received some news that changed his life. Now five years on from his diagnosis, Mark is Standing Up to Cancer. In 2018, as he prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime gig playing for soul singer Jocelyn Brown, Mark received some news that changed his life. Now five years on from his diagnosis, Mark is Standing Up to Cancer.

by Alison Birkett | Personal stories | 25 October 2023

25 October 2023

Deborah James smiling at the camera while sitting on a sofa in a floral dress

We're remembering Dame Deborah James, a year on from her death. Here, our chief executive Michelle Mitchell pays a personal tribute. We're remembering Dame Deborah James, a year on from her death. Here, our chief executive Michelle Mitchell pays a personal tribute.

by Cancer Research UK | News | 28 June 2023

28 June 2023

Bowel cancer cells under the microscope

FOCUS4 was a large-scale trial investigating new treatments in people with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer. Running it may not have been without its challenges, but the learnings it provided us with are invaluable if we're to run trials like it again.  FOCUS4 was a large-scale trial investigating new treatments in people with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer. Running it may not have been without its challenges, but the learnings it provided us with are invaluable if we're to run trials like it again. 

by Jacob Smith | In depth | 25 April 2023

25 April 2023

Becky and Joe with their three children

During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death. During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death.

by Alison Birkett | Personal stories | 21 April 2023

21 April 2023

Deborah James smiling at the camera while sitting on a sofa in a floral dress

In her final weeks, fuelled by her spirit of ‘rebellious hope’ and passion to help others, Deborah worked to establish the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, to support projects she was passionate about. Today the initial projects to receive funding from the Bowelbabe Fund have been announced. In her final weeks, fuelled by her spirit of ‘rebellious hope’ and passion to help others, Deborah worked to establish the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, to support projects she was passionate about. Today the initial projects to receive funding from the Bowelbabe Fund have been announced.

by Amy Warnock | News | 5 April 2023

5 April 2023

A busy London street.

Cancer rates in adults under 50 have been rising since the 1990s. Our researchers are leading the effort to turn the trend around. Cancer rates in adults under 50 have been rising since the 1990s. Our researchers are leading the effort to turn the trend around.

by Tim Gunn | In depth | 24 January 2023

24 January 2023

A woman receiving chemotherapy from a nurse.

Giving colon cancer patients chemotherapy before surgery cuts their risk of the disease coming back, according to a trial we funded. Giving colon cancer patients chemotherapy before surgery cuts their risk of the disease coming back, according to a trial we funded.

by Tim Gunn | News | 20 January 2023

20 January 2023

The House of Parliament in London

Research from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership has found a link between cancer policy consistency over time and survival for six cancer types Research from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership has found a link between cancer policy consistency over time and survival for six cancer types

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 1 November 2022

1 November 2022

A 3D illustration of cancer cells

Research from our Cambridge Institute has shown us that metastasis isn’t a process unique to cancer, revolutionising the way we think about cell dissemination.  Research from our Cambridge Institute has shown us that metastasis isn’t a process unique to cancer, revolutionising the way we think about cell dissemination. 

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 18 October 2022

18 October 2022

A illustration of T cells, a type of immune cell attacking cancer

If we’re to reduce the risk of bowel cancer in people with IBD, we’re going to have to find a more effective treatment. And we may have done just that.  If we’re to reduce the risk of bowel cancer in people with IBD, we’re going to have to find a more effective treatment. And we may have done just that. 

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 23 August 2022

23 August 2022