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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.

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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Bacon, salami and sausages: How does processed and red meat cause cancer and how much matters?

How does bacon cause cancer? Research shows that moderate processed and red meat eating increases bowel cancer risk.

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FIT sees pre-pandemic bowel screening uptake increase in Scotland

Temporary disruption to the screening programme over the last year must not become a permanent setback in efforts to save more lives from cancer.

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Bowel scope screening to stop in England

Seven years after roll out began in England, bowel scope was still not being offered to everyone. And today, the test was removed from the roster.

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