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Free community support event for people affected by bowel cancer across Northern Ireland

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Bowel Cancer UK will be holding a free community support event this October for people affected by bowel cancer across Northern Ireland. It’s an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences and hear from expert speakers about the disease.


Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Northern Ireland with more than 1,200 people diagnosed every year.


Throughout the day those attending will have the chance to connect with others who are going through a similar experience. They will also learn more about bowel cancer through expert-led information and support sessions, on topics such as, looking after your emotional wellbeing, living well with a stoma, eating well, keeping active and getting back to exercise. 


The event, ‘Living well with bowel cancer’ is designed to help attendees feel better able to cope with bowel cancer and find out how Bowel Cancer UK can support them and their loved ones through their diagnosis and treatment.


Catherine Winsor, Director of Services and Support at Bowel Cancer UK, says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for those affected by bowel cancer to learn more about living well with the disease and the support services provided by the charity. We’d love for you to join us on Saturday 14 October and be welcomed into our wonderful community. See you there!”


Registration for the event closes Monday 2 October.


To find out more about this event and register to attend please visit:



About Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity, and is determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

The charity support and fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. For more information visit

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About bowel cancer


Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, affecting both men and women. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s nearly 43,000 people every year, nearly 120 people every day.


Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.


The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:


  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo

  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason

  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.


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