Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK, but if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases diagnosed at stage 1. This drops to just 7% of patients surviving for five years or more when diagnosed at stage 4. Much more needs to be done in raising awareness to help reduce the 16,000 lives lost each year. A reduction in the screening age to 50 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland matching that in Scotland could make a significant difference too. Read more about how you can contact your MP about this here.
Since meeting Jonathan, his wife Emma has had breast cancer. Thankfully she is in remission, and my thoughts and very best wishes are with them both.