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Colorectal cancer, a cancer of the colon or rectum, is one of the most common cancers and over 36,000 people are diagnosed each year in the UK. The main parts of our large bowel are the colon and rectum.

We can all find it difficult or uncomfortable to talk about areas of our bodies that are so personal and not everyone wants to see a physician to get screened for these types of cancers.

Velindre’ s Colorectal Research campaign The Undercover Appeal aims to increase awareness of these “hidden” cancers and to raise the money needed to continue to fund and expand our research programmes. Funding for bowel cancer research projects will enable our research groups to keep up with the international forefront and help us make new discoveries faster.

Research fellowships for doctors, scientists, nurses and other health professionals involved in bowel cancer research or the care of bowel cancer patients. This will help us to provide research opportunities for a wider group of personnel and enable staff to be fully aware of the scientific developments in the field and to provide the best care possible for bowel cancer patients.Money raised by the Undercover Appeal will help purchase equipment both to improve the research capacity and to improve the way we treat bowel cancer patients.

Early detection is absolutely vital – bowel cancer is one of the most curable cancers if caught early enough and treated successfully.

Dr Richard Adams, Consultant at Velindre

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