James Brokenshire has added his name to the list of Members of Parliament that have pledged to become Bowel Cancer Champions, raising awareness of the disease and stressing the importance of early diagnosis.
In the UK, someone is diagnosed with Bowel Cancer every 15 minutes. Overall, bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer and the second biggest killer. Despite advancements, nearly 16,000 people die every year from the disease.
This figure is particularly concerning, as bowel cancer can be treatable and curable, especially if it is diagnosed early. It is estimated that only 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stages of the disease, when treatment is most effective.
Bowel Cancer UK’s mission is to improve diagnosis rates so that by 2025, the 60% of people that currently survive is increased to 75% and to continue to work to improve treatment and care.
Commenting, James said:
“Bowel cancer is a terrible disease but one which, with early diagnosis and the right treatment, can be treated and cured. The number of people that continue to lose their lives from bowel cancer is shocking and it is therefore important that we do everything we can to raise awareness.”
“In England, if you are aged over 60, you will be invited to complete a screening for bowel cancer every two years. It’s a simple test that doesn’t even require you to attend your doctor’s surgery or a hospital. I would encourage everyone to ensure that they are tested and to spread the word to friends and relative to ensure that we are all playing our part in helping more people survive bowel cancer.”