Big thanks to all the De­cem­beards

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MARK FLAN­NA­GAN, CEO Beat­ing Bowel Can­cer

WE would like to thank all the men who took part in Beat­ing Bowel Can­cer’s De­cem­beard fundrais­ing cam­paign by go­ing griz­zly last month.

De­cem­beard, which asks men to ditch their ra­zors and grow a beard through­out the month of De­cem­ber, is a fun way for in­di­vid­u­als or teams to raise funds and help to in­crease aware­ness of the dis­ease. It’s sim­ple to take part in and thou­sands signed up for it again last month. We’d like to thank ev­ery one of them.

The many thou­sands of pounds they have raised in spon­sor­ship will help the char­ity to sup­port bowel can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease, its symp­toms and the need for early di­ag­no­sis.

As well as rais­ing funds for the char­ity, the cam­paign can help to break down the stigma of talk­ing about bowel can­cer, which is the UK’s se­cond big­gest can­cer killer.

Over a hun­dred peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer ev­ery day, yet over 90 per cent of cases can be treated suc­cess­fully if caught early. So it’s vi­tal that peo­ple be­come more aware of the symp­toms so they can act quickly.

If any­one has any queries or con­cerns about bowel can­cer, there’s lots of in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on our web­site or they can call our Nurse Helpline on 020 8973 0011.

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