We are delighted to announce Bowel Cancer UK as our charity partner for 2023.
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. They are determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. In light of the recent sad passing of Aisling Burnand MBE from bowel cancer last year, this partnership will play a pivotal role in raising awareness and knowledge of the disease. We hope you will get to know and connect with this fantastic charity over the course of 2023.
5 Biotech Wonders of the World Challenge
This spring, we’re challenging BIA members to take part in our ‘5 Biotech Wonders of the World’ challenge! Your team will choose one of our global biotech hubs, then collectively you’ll walk, run, swim or cycle until you reach your target destination!
Whether you’re aiming to achieve a personal fitness or fundraising goal, improve team building or enjoy some friendly rivalry with fellow biotech companies, we encourage you to join the challenge. This is an opportunity to have fun, mingle with the BIA community, form new relationships, potentially win great prizes, and most importantly raise vital funds for our amazing charity of the year!
Where will you go?
- Bristol, Science Creates (170km)
- Macclesfield, Alderley Park (240km)
- Basel, Messe (710km)
- Boston, Kendall Square (5,265km)
- San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge (8,615km)
Open to BIA member companies only; teams will consist of a maximum of 10 people; companies can enter multiple teams. Contact BIA for more information and to sign up.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month takes place in April and we're inviting all BIA members to join in and help keep bowel cancer in the spotlight.
Whether it’s booking an awareness talk or taking part in the Bowel Cancer UK Active April challenge with your colleagues, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Please see the flyer for more details.
Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK, said:
“Many of the major advances in saving lives from bowel cancer have come through partnerships with organisations like those who are members of the BioIndustry Association, and that is why we are so thrilled to be chosen as their charity partner for 2023. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but investing in research is the key to understanding how we can save more lives from this treatable and curable disease.
Here's how you can get involved:
- Book an awareness talk in your organisation with our volunteers
We provide free online bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups in all four nations of the UK. The talks last approximately 30 minutes and are delivered online by our dedicated team of trained volunteers, many of whom have a personal connection to bowel cancer.
- Learn the symptoms of bowel cancer
Worryingly, Bowel Cancer UK’s research shows that nearly half of people (45%) living in the UK can’t name a single symptom of bowel cancer. Knowing the red flag symptoms and contacting your GP if you have any of them can help increase the chances of an early diagnosis, when the disease is easier to treat.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- Bleeding from your bottom or blood in your poo
- A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer, but if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, contact your GP. They will want to see you and may ask you to do a Faecal Immunochemical Test, known as FIT, at home. It's very easy to do and will help your GP to decide whether your symptoms need further investigation.
- The charity provides information and support for everyone affected by bowel cancer. Its online forum is a place for people to talk about their experiences, share their knowledge and support each other.
- Bowel Cancer UK campaigns for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. They are leading change for younger bowel cancer patients, campaigning to improve survival and quality of life for those with advanced bowel cancer and working to improve early diagnosis by ensuring people are getting the right test at the right time.
- The research strategy puts patients and their families at the heart of its research programme ensuring they can help shape the future of bowel cancer research. We're committed to funding research that improves the prevention, early detection and treatment of the disease.
- The charity also runs training, workshops and study days for healthcare professionals and free awareness talks to workplaces, spreading the word about symptoms, risk factors and bowel cancer screening.