CANCER: Join forces to transform lives

Every day I speak to patients and their families and see the pain, fear and struggle when a bowel cancer diagnosis strikes. That's why I'm encouraging readers to show their support for World Cancer Day.

Saturday, 28th January 2017, 5:00 am

Bowel Cancer UK is working with nine other charities to unite everyone in a simple, but powerful life-changing act — wearing a Unity Band on Saturday, February 4.

By joining forces we will make a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.

The Unity Band is made of two parts knotted together to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.

You can get a Bowel Cancer UK Unity Band for a suggested donation of £2 online at

More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Readers’ support will help us ensure more people have the chance of an early diagnosis.

Deborah Alsina MBE

Chief Executive Bowel Cancer UK