Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Bowel Cancer Screening Lottery - Make The Age 50 Across the UK
Today Beating Bowel Cancer held a reception at the Houses of Parliament to call on MPs to back reducing the screening age from 60 to 50 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland is the only part of the United Kingdom where the age for screening is 50. It is estimated that if the screening age was 50 across the whole of the UK, then 4,000 patients a year might benefit from early detection and have a much better chance of beating this awful illness.
The charity have put up a link for anyone to write to their local MP to ask them to back the age reduction. It's really easy to do and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Please do this as every letter in support helps. To go to the page click here.
Well done to the charity and everyone involved today in putting on the reception and getting the great coverage in the media. Myself and those people who have lost someone to bowel cancer appreciate your efforts. It could be argued that the screening age should be a lot lower. More and more younger people are being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Raising awareness is also a key factor, and that's something I shall continue to try and do...