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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.

In memory of Dame Deborah James

Last night, Dame Deborah James’s family announced that she passed away peacefully at home, after living with bowel cancer since 2016.

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Dame Deborah James: why do deeply personal stories resonate with us so much?

Since she was diagnosed in 2016, Dame Deborah James has brought bowel cancer into the spotlight, encouraged people to be aware of the symptoms and seek help if they notice them. 

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Stem cell research: meet the scientist growing ‘mini guts’ in her lab

This entry is part 1 of 0 in the series Cancer Revolutionaries

Vivian Li, group leader of the stem cell and cancer biology lab at the Francis Crick Institute, talks tumours and how she aims to target them.

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Piecing together the puzzle: Antibiotics, the microbiome and bowel cancer

Our researchers across the world are investigating a potential link between bowel cancer and the microbiome, and the potential role antibiotics might play.

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Disease in a dish: Mini-gut organoids and the challenges of bowel cancer

Disrupted cell signalling, hijacked stem cells and the power of ‘mini-guts’ – we hear from Dr Vivian Li on the challenges and opportunities of developing colorectal cancer treatments.

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Ovarian, bowel and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatments approved for NHS use in Scotland

Three new treatment options made available for cancer patients in Scotland.

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New chemotherapy-free treatment for bowel cancer made available in Scotland

Pembrolizumab will be made available for some adults in Scotland with bowel cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body.  

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Combination immunotherapy for advanced bowel cancer approved for NHS in England

People who have previously been treated for a type of bowel cancer that has spread to other parts of their body will now have another treatment option in England.

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Colon capsule endoscopy – reshaping bowel cancer diagnosis

A disposable camera that’s small enough to swallow and powerful enough to help rule out bowel cancer. And it could be coming to a clinic near you.

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Mutations in overlooked DNA could have profound impact on bowel cancer survival

DNA errors in the cell’s energy ‘factories’ increases the chances of survival for people with bowel cancer, according to a new study.

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