Bassetlaw MP John Mann this week teamed up with the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to back the case for reducing the bowel cancer screening age.
Variations in the screening age across the UK could be leading to thousands of bowel cancer patients in their 50s having a delayed diagnosis. Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign is calling for the screening age in England to be lowered from the age of 60 to 50, to bring it in line with Scotland.
Mr Mann said: “It is shocking that patients in England are not being given the same chance of survival as those in Scotland. I am working with the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to improve early diagnosis rates. It’s time we changed the odds for patients in their 50s in England. I urge local people to look up the symptoms of bowel cancer and call the helpline on 020 8973 0011 or visit their GP if they have any of them or want more information.”
To find out more about bowel cancer visit the charity’s website www.beatingbowelcancer.org