MP: Bowel cancer support must be high on agenda

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies attended a Westminster reception hosted by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to support better outcomes for bowel cancer patients.

At the event, Mr Menzies was joined by other Members of Parliament, bowel cancer patients, and health professionals to hear about the charity’s plans to deliver significant improvements in bowel cancer survival rates in the UK, with the aim of saving 4000 lives during the next five years.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but this doesn’t have to be the case; 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.

Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “We’re very grateful to Mark Menzies MP, for his interest in the issue and look forward to working with him the future in order to improve outcomes for bowel cancer patients in Fylde.”

“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.”

Mr Menzies said: “We all need to work hard to keep bowel cancer high on the agenda to ensure that the disease becomes a rare cancer killer rather than the second biggest cancer killer in the UK within the life of the next Government.”

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