Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know more people in Derbyshire are diagnosed with cancer than the England average?

Building on the Be Cancer SAFE North Derbyshire campaign, Derbyshire Voluntary Action are working to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms and the importance of screening amongst men in areas where uptake is traditionally low. Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK and affects 1 in every 15 males. The disease is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

The project employs a community approach to improving cancer survival creating a network of cancer champions who help to remove barriers and normalise conversations about cancer. This in turn can lead to more people attending their screening or contacting their GP if there are concerns.

You can find out more and make a pledge to be a cancer champion by visiting and simply start having health conversations wherever and whenever you get the opportunity.

Our message is simple:
Screening – Participate in screening when invited
Awareness – Be aware of any changes in your body
Fast – If you notice changes, act fast. Contact your GP
Early – Early detection saves lives. Recognise the symptoms and act promptly

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. This annual event helps raise the profile of bowel cancer and its symptoms such as persistent blood in your poo, a persistent change in your bowel habits and raises awareness of screening.

The ‘In a Word’ Campaign is the result of conversations with with people during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and how they sum up their experience of bowel cancer.

To find out more please email Rich Colgrave at

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