Hairy Support for Bowel Cancer

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It is the time of year where all men are called upon to show their support for Decembeard in a very hairy way.

Decembeard is very much focused around bowel cancer and raising awareness and much needed funds.

There are tireless campaigns throughout the year that aim to raise public awareness of the illness but few that involve as much public participation as Decembeard.

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK – someone is diagnosed every 15 minutes, and yet if diagnosed early enough more than 90% of cases can be successfully treated-enhancing the importance of knowing the symptoms and recognising them early.

What is Decembeard about?

Decembeard is a way of every man showing his support for male cancer awareness. It’s simple – just grow your facial hair from 1st-31st December collecting sponsors for your chosen bowel Charity as you go. As a little extra fun for Christmas why not go glittery? Show your creativity!

Bowel cancer – the facts

  • Bowel cancer claims a life every 30 minutes
  • 95% of cases are diagnosed in those aged 50 or over
  • 54% of bowel cancer cases are avoidable
  • 13% of bowel cancer cases are related to excess weight

What symptoms should I look for?

  • Bleeding in bowel movements
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness – a lack of iron causing anaemia
  • Pains or lumps in the stomach or bottom

How do I join in and show support?

Just log on to for all the information and show your hairy support for bowel cancer.

Health Shield Health Cash Plans now offer a cancer screening service for some of the most common cancers in the UK, so login to your Members’ Area today to check your Health Cash Plan benefits and see if you are covered.