Together we will beat 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.

Early-onset cancer: why are more young adults being diagnosed?

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

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Chemo before surgery helps stop colon cancer coming back

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

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Why consistent and funded cancer policies are key to improving cancer survival

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

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Stopping the spread: A revolution in how we think about metastasis

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. 

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How we can reduce cancer risk in inflammatory bowel disease patients by blocking a Hedgehog

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. 

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Living with a stoma: Neil and Lindsay share their experiences after bowel cancer diagnoses

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Regional Stories

People affected by cancer face challenges as part of their diagnosis and treatment. For those living with bowel cancer this may include a stoma.

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Closing the gap: How new screening interventions could reduce inequalities in bowel cancer outcomes

If we can find interventions that help to increase participation in screening programmes amongst lower income groups, we may be able to reduce the health inequalities that exist in bowel cancer outcomes.  

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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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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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