Toby Perkins supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Toby Perkins supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this year and attended a Parliamentary drop-in event at Westminster, hosted by Bowel Cancer UK.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK with nearly 43,000 people diagnosed every year. That means every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease. Sadly, more than 16,500 people die from the disease each year, making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be as it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However this drops significantly as the disease develops.

New findings released by Bowel Cancer UK for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month have revealed that more than four in ten (45%) people in the UK cannot name a single bowel cancer symptom. Early diagnosis is essential to improving bowel cancer outcomes and being able to recognise the symptoms and speaking to your GP when you feel something isn’t right, could save your life.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

This year Bowel Cancer UK are calling on MPs to help raise awareness of the disease by sharing content on their social media channels and encouraging people to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme when sent the test in the post.

MP Toby is working with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis ad access to best treatment and care both across Chesterfield and Staveley and nationally.

Toby stated “I’m pleased to be able to support Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. It’s really important that people recognise the early warning signs of bowel cancer and take part in the screening programme. I’m urging local residents in my constituency to visit the GP if something doesn’t feel right”. 

Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, comments: “Bowel cancer remains the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, and it’s shocking that people aren’t aware of the symptoms to look out for. We’re delighted to have the support of Toby Perkins, who attended our parliamentary event and who will help raise awareness of bowel cancer in Chesterfield.”

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