Linda Fabiani MSP is supporting the latest campaign by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer. The campaign aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms in Scotland, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.
During April, 300 people in Scotland are likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 130 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. It shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this survival rate drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.
“I am totally committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms and I urge constituents who may be worried that something is wrong to visit their GP. Your GP may be able to put your mind at rest or refer you for further testing. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”
Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said,
“I’d like to thank Linda Fabiani MSP for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of key bowel cancer symptoms. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s almost 42,000 people every year. But it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.”
To help you raise awareness of bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is giving away free copies of their handy symptoms guide for you to share with your family and friends. Sign up now to receive your free guide here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/symptomsguide