Bowel & Cancer Research
Saving Lives, Changing Lives
Registered Charity Number: 1119105
In 2009 more than 40,000 men and women were diagnosed with bowel (colorectal) cancer. It is the 3rd most prevalent form of cancer and it takes more lives than any other, with the exception of lung cancer.
More than 150,000 people live with chronic bowel disease. Colitis and Crohn's Disease can start in childhood - most youngsters are diagnosed at the age of 12 - and it is a currently uncurable, lifetime condition. It can cause such pain that hospitalisation is necessary so that morphine-like painkillers can be given.
Over 100,000 people live with a stoma; an opening in the abdomen through which waste passes into a bag. A stoma can be the result of life saving treatment, but the physical and emotional cost of living permanently with one can be very high.
Bowel & Cancer Research's vision is that no one should die of bowel cancer, have to live with chronic bowel disease or face life with a permanent stoma.
To deliver our vision, Bowel & Cancer Research has funded the UK's first National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation.
From world-class facilities and a unqiue human tissue laboratory, we fund scientific and clinical research to save lives and improve the quality of life of individuals with bowel cancer and other bowel diseases. This ranges from new drug therapies and interventions, to better designed medical devices and the innovation of new surgical techniques.
We also support ways that involve the public in the design and delivery of research and raise awareness of bowel cancer and other bowel diseases, to improve people's knowledge of symptoms, improve access to clinical services and break down taboos.
The range and scope of our work makes Bowel & Cancer Research unique, we receive no money from government and rely totally on the generosity of individuals. You can play your part, not only in donating directly to our work or fundraising for us, but also getting involved in how research is designed and delivered.
Bowel & Cancer Research
National Bowel Research Centre
Barts & The London School Of Medicine And Dentistry
1st Floor, Abernethy Building
2 Newark Street
Phone: 020 7882 8749
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