Towards Zero Deaths from Bowel Cancer in Wales

Dramatically reducing the deaths from bowel cancer is absolutely achievable if we put our minds to it

Jared Torkington ― Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Around 900 people die from bowel cancer in Wales every year.

However, modern cancer care has many effective ways to prevent people dying from bowel cancer:

  • We know 40-50% of bowel cancers may be preventable through behavioural changes
  • We can test for genetic factors which can put people at risk
  • We possess bowel screening methods which can identify cancer at a very early stage
  • We have a good understanding of symptoms, enabling early cancer detection and diagnosis
  • We perform effective curative surgery and treatments for early stage bowel cancer
  • We may have a new generation of immunotherapies which can stop the spread of some advanced bowel cancers

With all these tools in our arsenal, some clinicians worldwide have begun to ask: can we move towards a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer?

In Wales, this ambition could set the scale for what we can achieve.

We want to understand how we can begin to move towards this future. In this project, we will be guided by people affected by bowel cancer in Wales, combining their experiences with international evidence and insight from Welsh health and policy professionals.

With these voices, we will produce a shared vision and plan, to move towards zero deaths from bowel cancer in Wales.

This project will be running throughout 2022, with key findings shared throughout the year.

Research & Insight