Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, has pledged to support the national charity Beating Bowel Cancer to save lives from the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.
Mr Gapes attended Beating Bowel Cancer’s annual Be Loud Be Clear parliamentary reception earlier this week where he found out the latest bowel cancer figures for his local area. In Ilford South fewer people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and fewer people die from the disease than the national average.
“One in eighteen people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and these local figures show that people in Ilford South must take bowel cancer seriously. I hope that by supporting Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign I can encourage people in my constituency to BE LOUD about bowel cancer and BE CLEAR on the symptoms of the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.”
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer said,
“I am delighted that Mike Gapes MP is supporting Be Loud Be Clear. Bowel cancer claims a life every 30 minutes in the UK but it but it can be beaten. No matter what the figures say for your local area, by working together to raise awareness, we can beat bowel cancer.”
Be Loud Be Clear 2012 coincides with the launch of Be Clear on Cancer, the first NHS national bowel cancer awareness campaign. Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer yet it can be beaten. If diagnosed early, over 90% of bowel cancer patients could be successfully treated compared with less than 7% of patients diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer.
More information about bowel cancer and the latest figures for bowel cancer cab be found at www.beatingbowelcancer.org.