Russell Brown MP attended a Westminster reception hosted by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to help raise awareness of the disease.
The Dumfries and Galloway MP heard about Beating Bowel Cancer’s action plan and the steps needed to significantly improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Members of Parliament joined bowel cancer patients and members of the charity to hear more about the condition and how it can be tackled.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 100 people being diagnosed with the condition every day.
Russell Brown MP, said: “There needs to be a continued focus on bowel cancer as it’s such an important health issue. I’ll be ‘lifting the lid’ on bowel cancer to help raise awareness in my constituency. Knowing the symptoms and getting help early is vital. The Latest figures for Dumfries and Galloway NHS show that out of those local people eligible for bowel screening, 58.3% of them get screened. This is above the national average of 54.9%. However, early detection is the key so I want more local people to take up the screening option. That is why I’m pleased to support Beating Bowel Cancer.”
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “If you diagnose bowel cancer early and treat it, the vast majority of people can be cured. Over 90% of people diagnosed with stage one bowel cancer will be alive five years later. Improving bowel cancer outcomes are everyone’s responsibility and at Beating Bowel Cancer, we are determined to play our part.
“We need to ensure that bowel cancer is kept high on the political agenda because we know we can save lives. By working together, we have the chance to make bowel cancer a rare cancer killer instead of a common cancer killer within the life of the next government.”
To find out more about bowel cancer please visit the charity’s website www.beatingbowelcancer.org or call their helpline on 08450 719 301.