Derry man works to promote bowel health

Stefan Mullan
Stefan Mullan

A 24-years-old Derry man who lost three members of his family to bowel cancer is now working as part of the award winning health promotion team at Bowel Cancer UK.

Stefan Mullan has lost two great aunts and his beloved grandmother who were diagnosed with advanced disease after noticing symptoms but all, unfortunately, died within weeks.

Stefan started helping Bowel Cancer UK as he felt it was important to raise awareness of the disease that had taken so many lives around him.

Stefan said: “After three of my family members had passed away, I decided to get more involved and spread awareness of bowel cancer even if it meant reaching just one person at a time. It is important to ensure that others don’t go through the same experience with bowel cancer when it is highly treatable if caught early.”

The charity announced recently that it has received a Health and Wellbeing Award from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for their Health Promotion Volunteer Programme.

Gail Curry, Head of Health Promotion and Training at Bowel Cancer UK said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this award. It’s a tribute to the dedication of our highly committed health promotion team, including many volunteers like Stefan who help us save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our 90 fantastic volunteers, without whom this award wouldn’t have been possible.”

Stefan has been helping Bowel Cancer UK raise awareness of the disease by taking part in the programme, where volunteers deliver awareness talks in local communities and workplaces. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, risks and prevention, including screening.