Tuesday 14 August 2012

Tom Hardy - Tom Hardy Backs Bowel Cancer Charity

British actor Tom Hardy and his fiancee Charlotte Riley have signed up to become patrons of a cancer charity.

The stars, who stepped out for the London premiere of Hardy's new movie The Dark Knight Rises on Wednesday night (18Jul12), are lending their support to the Bowel Cancer UK organisation to raise awareness of the disease.

Riley says, "I am thrilled to become a patron of Bowel Cancer UK. I'm joining the charity to make sure that both women and men are aware of the symptoms of the disease and know what to do about them. Early diagnosis is so crucial to saving lives."

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Relaunched cancer campaign set to increase GP visits

The Government has announced its national bowel cancer awareness campaign is to be relaunched next month, prompting a rise in visits to GPs from patients.

The four-week national advertising campaign will run from 28 August as an ongoing effort to boost early detection rates of cancer by encouraging people with symptoms to see their GP.

This follows the Be Clear on Cancer campaign that ran for nine weeks from the end of January to March, which followed pilots in some parts of the country last year.

A new letter sent to all NHS trusts and health authorities from national clinical director for cancer Professor Mike Richards announced the refreshed campaign as well as other awareness campaigns due to happen next year for different types of cancer.

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Monday 13 August 2012

Cancer fear woman waiting three months for test

A woman who may have cancer has waited over three months just for a simple test to find out whether she has the deadly disease, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

It has emerged there is a backlog of patients who may have bowel cancer waiting for a diagnosis so they can begin treatment in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust.

The situation has become so dire that one patient who may have bowel cancer has been waiting since April for a colonoscopy — a procedure where a tiny camera is inserted into the rectum to see whether there is any cancer present.

And the trust has said it could be several months before the crisis is brought under control.
Dr Allen McCullough said he made an urgent referral of a patient — who is experiencing symptoms of bowel cancer — for further tests three months ago.

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Bowel cancer risk calculator could help doctors diagnose the disease

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British Journal of Cancer Press Release

A calculator which predicts a patient’s risk of having bowel cancer could help doctors decide when to refer patients make better referral decisions rather than relying on individual symptoms, a new study shows today.
The research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, shows that the bowel cancer calculator was better at predicting whether patients had bowel cancer – compared with relying on individual bowel cancer symptoms.

The calculator, available at, could help GPs identify people who are at increased risk of having undetected colorectal cancer so that they could be sent for referral or further tests.

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Monday 6 August 2012

Bowel screening 'helps catch cancer earlier'

People who attend bowel cancer screenings are more likely to have the condition diagnosed early enough to be successfully treated, according to a National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) study.

The report assessed data from the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit to compare the stage at diagnosis of bowel cancers picked up through screening with those diagnosed following the onset of symptoms.

It was found that 18.5 percent of cancer cases detected through screening were at the earliest stages, compared to 9.4 percent among patients who were already displaying symptoms of the disease.

Chris Carrigan, head of the NCIN, explained that more than 90 percent of people survive bowel cancer for at least five years when it is caught as early as possible.

He added: "This study highlights the potential improvements we can make through encouraging more people to take up their screening invitation so the disease is diagnosed earlier."

This comes after the NCIN published recent research showing that the poorest bowel cancer patients are more likely to die within a month of surgery than wealthier people.

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Over-60s urged to perform bowel cancer test as scientists reveal they DO boost chances of survival

People aged over 60 have been urged to have regular bowel cancer screenings after scientists found those who did had a better chance of survival.

Experts said those who performed the test at home and went to subsequent appointments were more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier stage than those diagnosed from their symptoms.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women, with around 40,000 people diagnosed with the disease each year.

Researchers looked at people aged 60 to 69 who were diagnosed with the disease in the West Midlands between January 2006 and September 2011.

They compared the stage at diagnosis in patients picked up at screening compared to those diagnosed from symptoms.

They found that 18.5 per cent of bowel cancers detected through screening were at the earliest stages compared with 9.4 per cent of cancers diagnosed through symptomatic routes.

Sam Johnson, lead researcher based at the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit, said: 'When bowel cancer is diagnosed at an earlier stage, it's easier to treat, has a lower chance of coming back and better survival rates.

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