Bowel & Cancer Research

We fund the best science to save and change lives

Registered Charity Number: 1119105

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In 2014 more than 41,000 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.

Around 250,000 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 function is one of the last taboos and for this reason individuals living with bowel conditions can feel desperately isolated.

Our vision

Bowel & Cancer Research's vision is that no one should die of bowel cancer or have to live with chronic bowel disease.

Our work

Bowel & Cancer Research is a leading research authority for the whole bowel. We shine a light on bowel cancer and other bowel conditions by funding the best science across the UK aimed at improving their diagnosis and treatment. We support our next generation of bowel research experts through a dedicated PhD funding programme.

We are the only UK charity to have invested in research dedicated to the bowel by funding the UK's only National Bowel Research at Queen Mary University in London. The NBRC brings together surgeons, scientists, business, charity and the public to make real strides in our understanding of bowel cancer and bowel disease, to deliver new treatments and save and change lives.

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.

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Bowel & Cancer Research National Bowel Research Centre
Barts & The London School Of Medicine And Dentistry
1st Floor, Abernethy Building
2 Newark Street

E1 2AT

Phone: 020 7882 8749

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

June 2016 June 2015
Total Income £759,664 £673,824
Total Expenditure £845,104 £724,514

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