Sir David has pledged his support to Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign for early diagnosis, and better access to treatment and care. On Wednesday 30th January, the MP met with clinicians and bowel cancer survivors to hear what more can be done to raise awareness, treat early and save lives.
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the UK's fourth most common cancer. It's also the second biggest cancer killer, with more than 16,000 people dying from the disease every year. Bowel cancer screening can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat and there is a greater chance of survival. Last year, governments in England and Wales announced they will lower the bowel cancer screening age from 60 to 50 in a huge step forward in the fight against the disease. By bringing people together, such as patients and families, doctors and nurses, scientists and politicians Bowel Cancer UK hope to improve early diagnosis and ensure more people survive bowel cancer.
Sir David MP, said: “It simply isn’t acceptable that so many people die from bowel cancer each year. That’s why I’m proud to be supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to improve the bowel cancer screening programme and drastically improve outcomes for patients. Together we can stop people dying of bowel cancer.”
Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, says: “I’m delighted that Sir David attended our parliamentary reception. We look forward to working with them to put bowel cancer firmly on the political agenda and campaign for crucial improvements to services for bowel cancer patients across the country.'