Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough joined the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to support better outcomes for bowel cancer patients.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but if caught early enough, over 90% of those diagnosed can survive more than five years. That figure drops to just 7% if they are diagnosed at a late stage, so early diagnosis is vital.
Fiona said: “We all need to work to keep bowel cancer high on the agenda to ensure that this disease is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, but it shouldn’t be. I will work to reduce bowel cancer deaths in Slough. Screening is one of the best ways to spot the cancer early. And people in higher risk groups should attend bowel screening: in Slough at present, only 2 out of 5 people aged 60-69 (one of the higher risk groups) get screened, yet the English average which is closer to 3 out of 5.
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “NHS England has announced that it wants to save 8,000 deaths from cancer over the next five years. Today’s event enabled us to outline the key policy priorities that need to be achieved if we are to save at least 800 lives from bowel cancer per year during the life of the next Government.
“We also announced that Beating Bowel Cancer will publish its own Five Year Forward View to cover the term of the next Parliament and we want it to be a challenge to do better for bowel cancer patients.
“We’re very grateful to Fiona for her interest in the issue and look forward to working with her in the future in order to improve outcomes for bowel cancer patients in Slough.
To find out more about bowel cancer please visit the charity’s website www.beatingbowelcancer.org or call their helpline on 08450 719 301.