Put a spring in your step this April by supporting Basingstoke-based Pelican Cancer Foundation during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Fundraisers of all ages are urged to get behind the local charity which funds clinical research into the treatment of ‘below the belt’ cancers – including bowel.

Whether you pull in the pennies by yourself, with family or friends, workmates or as part of a bigger organisation, Pelican is appealing to local people to do their bit in the fight against cancer.

Make it fun – it could be a tasty cake sale, a school disco or jumble sale, or a sponsored sports event – whatever you choose, you’ll be making a big difference in raising the awareness of bowel cancer and Pelican’s work. 

In the UK, more than 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, making it the second biggest cancer killer in Britain. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month aims to get more people to check for symptoms.  Check out this memorable ditty thepoosong

Pelican, which is based at The Ark Centre at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, is making huge strides forward in research and treatment of the disease. 

With huge public support, it has invested more than £2.5 million in research since 2003, and trained around 13,000 clinicians on courses and workshops that cover the latest advances in cancer treatment, technology and surgical techniques.

This has led to great advances in clinical practice – the most prominent being the international adoption of Total Mesorectal Excision, the gold standard surgery for bowel cancer, developed by Professor Bill Heald who founded Pelican Cancer Foundation.

Pelican also operates a national training programme for clinicians into early stage bowel cancer. SPECC – Significant Polyp and Early Colorectal Cancer – aims to improve the early diagnosis and management of the disease, sharing expertise and supporting patients.

Pelican chief executive Sarah Crane said: “It is vitally important that men and women alike are aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer – primarily bleeding from the bottom, a change in bowel habits which last more than three weeks, persistent abdominal pain, extreme weight loss and tiredness – and get them checked out by their GP.

“Often it will be nothing serious, but if it is cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed the quicker it can be treated and the greater the chance of survival.”

People aged over 60 are urged to take part in the UK’s bowel screening programme which can detect bowel cancer often before any symptoms appear. It can also prevent bowel cancer from developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future. For more information, visit Bowelcancerscreening

“Pelican is a small but incredibly busy and successful charity working in the heart of Basingstoke to lead the way in furthering the latest precision bowel cancer treatments,” Sarah added.

“We hope local people will support us during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month as it is a fantastic opportunity to raise vital funds and awareness for Pelican while having fun in the community.”

To find out more about the Pelican Cancer Foundation, visit our About Us Page.