New grant to speed up bowel cancer diagnosis

Scientists from Leicester, working with Edinburgh, have been awarded a grant of almost £25,000 from Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer to investigate whether it’s possible to find DNA from cancer cells in stool samples.

If successful, this technique could be used in the future to improve the current bowel cancer screening programme and speed up the diagnosis of the disease for patients with symptoms.  

This award is part of Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s investment of almost £450,000 to support research with the greatest benefits for those at risk and affected by the disease.

Dr Alessandro Rufini from the Leicester Cancer Research Centre said: “This award wouldn’t have been possible without the money raised by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer supporters and we are so grateful to all the people that support our research.”