Steve McCabe MP pledges to help stop bowel cancer

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak has joined with campaigners from leading charity Bowel Cancer UK, in calling for greater awareness of the disease, and has pledged his support for improved Bowel Cancer services.

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. Steve attended a Parliamentary Reception withBowel Cancer UK, where he spoke with supporters and volunteers about the need to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of developing a world class, consistent service across the UK. 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“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.

 “I would urge my constituents to see their GP if they are worried about symptoms they think might be caused by bowel cancer and 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. Together we can save lives.”

For more information and for advice on recognising the symptoms of bowel cancer please visit:www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

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