What could we achieve? Evidence Review

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

Jared Torkington ― Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

What could we achieve?

Bowel cancer is near unique in the number of opportunities we have to stop people dying from it. With all these tools in our arsenal, some clinicians and charities worldwide have begun to ask: can we move towards a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer?

To inform our programme, we have performed a review of international evidence, analysing the opportunities presented by developing practices, technologies and pathways with potential to reduce bowel cancer deaths in Wales – and examining the fit of each opportunity with the reality of services in Wales today. Using this evidence base, we ask: if we took every opportunity available to us in bowel cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care, what could we achieve?

Recognizing the expertise that bowel cancer professionals hold, we are continually consulting on this review, to ensure it accurately represents where we stand, where we can make the most difference, and what we can achieve. So far, over 30 bowel cancer professionals have helped to shape this evidence review, and the subsequent programme.

This evidence review will help to identify opportunities, which we will be discussing with patients and professionals, as we create a plan to start moving Towards Zero Deaths from Bowel Cancer in Wales.

You can download our latest version of the review below.

Patient Consultation

Where are we now?