Ian is helping to launch Spot the Symptoms day for Bowel Cancer.
Ian said; “It’s a common cancer which kills almost half the people who develop it in this area. Few people talk about it – yet it is preventable and curable. Most of my constituents who develop bowel cancer should live. Which is why, with my colleagues, Members of Parliament are leading a campaign to encourage everyone in our constituencies to get to know the key symptoms, to get involved in the NHS screening programme for bowel cancer and to act quickly on key symptoms and screening. At today’s rates, nearly 40 MPs will develop this common cancer and almost half could die. In this area over 3297 of my constituents will be diagnosed at some time in their lives and nearly 1484 could die of this cruel cancer.”
In the UK we are among the slowest in Europe at being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Many lives have already been saved by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme and this campaign will help save many more.