Bowel Cancer UK surveys over-65s


Bowel Cancer UK is running a survey to gather the views and experiences of people aged 65 and over who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.

Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and around 15,700 people die of the disease.  Approximately 75% of patients (c. 29,000 people) are over the age of 65 and this number is set to triple by 2040. In the UK, survival rates lag by 15% compared to the best in Europe and research from Thames Cancer Registry has shown that the difference is mainly due to more older patients dying prematurely.

The information gathered from the survey is part of an ongoing research project that is examining the treatment and care that older people currently receive and will be used to form a report due to be released later this year. It will also help Bowel Cancer UK understand how future services can be improved.

The survey can be completed by people who have had a diagnosis of bowel cancer and are 65 and over, and also by anyone who knows and/or cares for someone in this age range with a diagnosis. It will be available for people to complete until Friday 7 February 2014.

People can access the survey via the following link: 

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