Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

More than 900 people die from bowel cancer in Wales every year; it’s the country’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of Wales only a half of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

The Bowel Screening Wales 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 in the post every two years.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said:

“As the local MP, I am totally committed to improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it.
“I ran the Cwmbran Park Run on Christmas Eve to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK, and I have secured legislative changes in Parliament on wider access to cancer drugs, specifically off-patent drugs, and I also support campaigns to raise awareness.”

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said:

“I’d like to thank Nick Thomas-Symonds MP for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. In Wales, one in 13 men and one in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”

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