BDRF are working on projects right now that will help improve treatments and increase survival rates for people with bowel cancer across the globe.

You can be part of this movement too if you like.

We all have our part to play – not just the folks in the white coats with the test tubes, microscopes and pipettes in the laboratories.

In the early 2000’s back whilst working for a hospice I was introduced to a room full of people at a working men’s club when picking up a cheque from a fundraising event.

“I would like to introduce Stephen Rawbottom from the hospice, who is doing great work in curing cancer….”

Admittedly, the room was full of people who had been quite nicely refreshed, it being 10:30pm on Friday night but my name is not Stephen, nor Rawbottom and the hospice certainly didn’t do any work into curing cancer.

It did make me chuckle and still does today when I think back to it.

I was asked to say a few words of thanks and was invited to stay for a few drinks. The speaker patted me on the back and said he hoped I find a cure one day soon.

I smiled and made my way back to my seat through a smog of cigarette smoke and much applause from the audience.

There must be thousands of charities across the globe all searching for cures for cancer but how likely is it that one day we will find THE CURE?

In fact, we have already been able to radically improve the survival rates for some cancers, like testicular where most men are cured or blood cancer where stem cell transplants have cured people.

So there is definitely hope. Where there is research there is always hope!

Bowel Cancer is the 2nd biggest killer of cancers in the UK every year with some 16,000 deaths in 2014 *

We know that research is the most powerful of weapons at our disposal in fighting bowel cancer – and we all have a role to play in finding a cure.

Yes, ALL of us.

BDRF is a relatively small charity but each and every day our research teams across Great Britain and Ireland are contributing to the global research ecosystem and making discoveries that will help pave the way for finding a cure.

We’re working on a project at the moment at The University of Liverpool that is trying to make chemo and radiotherapy more effective for bowel cancer patients.  Scientists have discovered that a protein that is present in tumours could be preventing this treatment from having a full effect.

If this can be definitively confirmed we could use this evidence to predict which patients would respond better to chemo and radiotherapy.  Better outcomes for this treatment would save more lives and enable patients to potentially avoid invasive surgical procedures.

Would you like to step up to the mark and help us make this prospect a reality? A small donation to help fund our research would go a long way in helping us improve treatments and increase survival rates for people with bowel cancer.

You can donate right now if you like by visiting our website.

It’s great to part of something so huge in its complexity but knowing that just your small input can have a massive impact. As the old African proverb says –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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References:

*http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/bowel-cancer#heading-One

# Ferlay, J., Soerjomataram, I., Dikshit, R., Eser, S., Mathers, C., Rebelo, M., Parkin, D. M., Forman, D. and Bray, F. (2015), Cancer incidence and mortality worldwide: Sources, methods and major patterns in GLOBOCAN 2012. Int. J. Cancer, 136: E359–E386. doi:10.1002/ijc.29210