Bowel cancer fight

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MAKERFIELD’S MP has helped a national charity launch a new drive to beat bowel cancer.

Yvonne Fovargue is supporting the launch of Beating Bowel Cancer’s 1,2,3 fight to encourage everyone over 60 to take part in bowel cancer screening. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Early diagnosis is the key to saving lives from bowel cancer; if diagnosed early over 90 per cent of patients could be successfully treated and so screening has a major role to play in reducing deaths from bowel cancer.

Beating Bowel Cancer has calculated that a further 1,279 lives could be saved every year if participation in bowel cancer screening matched other national screening programmes. Although all people between the ages of 60 and 75 are invited to take part in the programme, currently only half of people in Makerfield do, compared to the national average of 54 per cent.

Yvonne Fovargue said: “There are nearly 60 bowel cancer diagnoses in Makerfield every year. If we improve participation in the screening programme we can diagnose these cases earlier and save lives.”