2016 (our sixth since it all began) was a fantastic year and we’re delighted that together we raised a record total of £150,000. Thank you to each and every one of you for your part in helping to raise this superb amount last year, enabling 40tude curing colon cancer to continue to fund inspirational research projects which are targeted at the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Our aim is simple: to stop people from dying from colon cancer.
We hope that you will feel a sense of pride in supporting this vital work which will lead to more people surviving this condition in the very near future.
As you make your resolutions for 2017, please consider making this the year you do something really positive to safeguard your own health. Decide to join our campaign to develop and act on your own colon cancer screening plan. Take action against colon cancer now – here’s how:
THINGS THAT WE’VE LEARNED* ABOUT COLON CANCER
If you are a non-smoker in the UK, male or female, colon cancer is the most likely cancer to kill you. There are 40,000 new cases of colon cancer each year, and 16,000 deaths.
This needn’t be the case: colon cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat if it is detected early.
The good news is that this cancer is also preventable, through regular screening.
If you have a test to look for colon cancer and its precursor polyps are detected, these can be easily removed, significantly reducing the risk of developing this type of cancer.
Take action now! Heightened awareness of colon cancer is essential, particularly for anyone in their 40s and 50s.
Any change in bowel habit should be discussed immediately with your doctor and after the age of 45 there should be a low threshold for colonic examination.
Please don’t put it off - take steps to get yourself checked and encourage your friends and family members to do the same if they are in the “at risk” age group.
Together we’re supporting the world-leading team at St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in their work to improve the accuracy and availability of CT colonography - a screening method which uses the latest imaging technology. The aim is to ensure high-quality screening options are available to many more people across the UK – and wider afield - in the near future (see below for more details on this project).
We’re working also to raise awareness to help reduce the suffering from this disease – so please do help us to spread the word about the importance of getting screened.
Our hope is that nobody associated with 40tude – or their friends or family – will ever develop colon cancer.
ENJOY OUR 2016 EVENT VIDEOS
Please take a look at our films of our 2016 fundraising events and share them widely - we hope they will show the true spirit of 40tude and our aims in helping to tackle colon cancer:
Catalonia Cycle Challenge: In 2016 our annual Cycle Challenge took us to the hills of Catalonia. Some 50 cyclists rode up to 160km a day and raised a wonderful £53,000 as a result of their fantastic efforts.
40tude's London SUP Marathon: Our 2016 Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon on the River Thames was another great success, with paddlers of all abilities successfully completing the marathon distance from Shepperton to Putney, raising both awareness of colon cancer and a magnificent total of over £45,000.
PERFECTS PROGRAMME MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
We’re delighted that PERFECTS - the third project 40tude is helping to fund at St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation - has made good progress in its first six months.
Led by esteemed Consultant Radiologist Dr. David Burling (whom some of you will have met on our cycle and stand-up paddleboarding challenges) and his colleague Dr. Andrew Plumb of UCL, PERFECTS is a programme to improve and standardise the quality of CT colonographies across the UK. A world-leader in diagnostics, St. Mark’s is drawing on its previous experience of improving the quality of colonoscopies for this training and quality-assurance project, which has similar aims to the PERFORMS scheme already established within the NHS for breast cancer screening.
Your support of 40tude has enabled us to commit £200,000 to this three-year project, which has the potential to transform the early detection rates of colon cancer worldwide.CT Colonography is believed to have advantages over colonoscopy as it costs less to perform and is non-invasive and, therefore, more comfortable, helping to make screening for colon cancer more widely available.
In March this year Dr. Anu Obaro was appointed Study Co-ordinator for the PERFECTS project. Anu has since been working on gaining the necessary approvals for this research, whilst making a start on building the training tool to be shared with radiologists across the country. Meanwhile the team has been busy promoting PERFECTS throughout the medical community to encourage participation in the programme. A high level of interest and some excellent feedback has been received from peers both nationally and internationally, with a number of doctors already registering their interest in participating.
The next steps will be to develop further the educational content of the training programme, requiring the careful selection of ‘difficult’ screening cases, and to build the software to enable the remote interpretation of CT colonography scans. At the same time PERFECTS itself will be subject to systematic reviews to ensure this project continues to meet the highest standards in research.
DON’T MISS OUR EVENTS THIS YEAR!
We’re excited to announce the date for our fifth SUP Marathon on the River Thames has been set for Saturday 24th June 2017. Further details of our plans and how to sign up for this event will be made available in the coming weeks, but please do keep this date in your diaries and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to sign up also to take part in our fun but challenging paddle this year. You can register your interest now at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MoredetailsforSUPMarathon2017
Don’t miss also our annual Cycle Challenge – which in 2017 will mark our seventh such ride! If you would like to receive future details of this challenge please let Kateknow.
More events are in the pipeline also – all details to follow in due course.
40tude curing colon cancer is a registered charity - Charity Number 1160500
*We are not medical practitioners. Always seek proper advice from your doctor. Any change in bowel habit should be immediately discussed with your doctor.