Daniel Zeichner MP has pledged his support for Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to screen for bowel cancer and save lives as part of April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK. It is the country’s second-biggest cancer killer even though it is treatable and curable especially when diagnosed early.
Currently only a third of those who receive a test for bowel cancer complete it, meaning thousands are missing the chance to detect bowel cancer when it is easiest to treat.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Bowel cancer is a major contributor to cancer deaths but low take-up rates for screening mean we lose more of our loved ones than we should. The NHS sends out free bowel screening tests to people aged between 60 and 74 – the best way to get diagnosed as soon as possible.”
Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, added: “I’d like to thank Daniel for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”