Rugby’s MP is backing Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to get screened and save lives as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Mark Pawsey joined the national charity in urging people over 55 to get checked at the Midlands and North West Bowel Cancer Screening Hub in The Hospital of St Cross.
The Rugby hub was the screening programme’s pilot and on the back of its success, four other hubs have been set up across the country.
“We are fortunate to have the bowel cancer hub based here at the Hospital of St Cross,” Mr Pawsey said.
“It’s a great facility which was recognised for providing clear and easy to understand advice, which is particularly important when dealing with a subject as sensitive as cancer.”
The screening programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat.
If you’re registered with a GP and aged 60-74, you will receive a test every two years.
“More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, making it the nation’s second biggest cancer killer,” Mr Pawsey added.
“However, there is no reason it should be as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
“I hope that more people in Rugby will take advantage of the free screenings this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.”
Bowel Cancer UK chief executive Deborah Alsina thanked Mr Pawsey for his support.
“One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed thanks to the hard work of Bowel Cancer Screening Hubs, such as the one at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby,” she said.