Bowel Cancer Isle of Man & Abacus

Bowel Cancer Isle of Man is a local registered charity which aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer, its symptoms and risks, and to provide local support to those people in the Island affected by this terrible yet preventable disease.

Around 35,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.

The 3rd leading cause of cancer in young adults, around 1/7 diagnosed are under the age of 50 and the number of cases are continuing to rise.

Bowel cancer is a highly treatable and curable disease especially if diagnosed at its earliest stage, however the survival rate drops significantly if the disease progresses. Sadly many people do not seek medical advice until their cancer is advanced. This makes treatment more difficult and a successful outcome less likely.

The small dedicated team at Bowel Cancer Isle of Man hope to change this by “breaking the poo taboo” and encourage more people to talk openly about the disease, raise awareness of the symptoms to promote early diagnosis, whilst also providing practical and emotional support to bowel cancer patients and their families in the Isle of Man.

Heather Norman, chairman for the charity was able to provide our staff with a short informative presentation about the disease, as well as the amazing work the charity does and her own experience as a Bowel Cancer survivor, echoing the message ‘It’s down to the person to take the first step, the sooner you get tested, the sooner you get treated. So we need to break the silence and barriers to reaching out.’

The team at Abacus were delighted to provide Bowel Cancer Isle of Man with a cheque for £730 raised through various staff fundraising efforts and salary deductions, which were matched by the company as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility commitment.

The donation will be used to help fund various projects ran by Bowel Cancer Isle of Man including, but not limited to:

  1. Advertising at key strategic locations currently including, posters in the Sea Terminal toilets to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer symptoms.
  2. Funding for new equipment for the Endoscopy Suite in Noble’s Hospital, as this is where most cases are diagnosed following a colonoscopy.
  3. Assisting with the creation of a larger recovery area for patients within the Endoscopy Suite. Previously the size of a small corner, now a dedicated ward will be provided.
  4. Funding the creation of a private consultation room within the Endoscopy Suite. A dedicated room for patients to discuss their diagnosis privately is now available.
  5. Providing support to those affected, such as group meetings, providing a safe place to meet other Bowel Cancer patients for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
  6. The charity’s telephone line – 07624 480973 – acting as a safe place for people concerned to call and talk through any issues or worries.

If you would like to find out more about Bowel Cancer Isle of Man, the symptoms of Bowel Cancer and steps being taken to prevent this horrible disease.

Follow the link to their website: www.bowelcanceriom.org  or email bowelcanceriom@manx.net for more information.