Following a recent event held at Westminster by leading charity Bowel Cancer UK, Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart pledged to take action in Parliament and locally to stop bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, affecting both men and women. Every year over 41,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, that’s one diagnosis every 15 minutes, and more than 16,000 people die of the disease. Bowel Cancer UK supports research and campaigns to stop bowel cancer.
Fiona said, “As MP for Slough, I am totally committed to improving outcomes for bowel cancer patients both locally and nationally.”
“There are still too many people dying from bowel cancer when we know that it is preventable, treatable and curable, if it is diagnosed early. That’s why I’m backing Bowel Cancer UK’s call to improve bowel cancer services and support their aspiration to transform survival rates from one in two surviving bowel cancer for five years to three in four surviving by 2025.”
Bowel Cancer UK’s Parliamentary Reception aimed to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of developing a world class, consistent service across the UK. Currently there are huge variations in the availability and quality of diagnostic testing, treatment and care.
Fiona added, “This is an issue I have raised in Parliament regularly; too many people with cancer wait too long for treatment.
“Anyone who is worried should see their GP. If you are sent a bowel screening kit, use it. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”
Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK said, “Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer with survival rates being one of the lowest in Europe. As a charity, we are determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. But we can’t do it on our own. The support of people such as Fiona is vital to helping us make a difference. That’s why I’d like to thank her for supporting our campaign to stop bowel cancer. Together we can save lives.”
About Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, affecting both men and women. Every year over 41,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 16,000 people die of the disease.
Symptoms of bowel cancer include:
• Bleeding from the bottom and/or blood in your poo.
• A change in your normal bowel habit lasting three weeks or more especially to looser or runny poo.
• Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason.
• Unexplained weight loss.