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Backing for bowel cancer awareness month

April 19, 2012 5:16 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh's Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, attended Bowel Cancer UK's 25th Anniversary parliamentary reception yesterday. April is bowel cancer awareness month and this year the campaign is focusing on raising awareness of the symptoms and encouraging people to go to their GP if they have concerns.

Figures from NHS Lothian show that fewer people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and fewer people die from the disease than the national average for Scotland.

Commenting Mr Crockart said:

"One in eighteen people are diagnosed with bowel cancer - so people in must take bowel cancer seriously.

"By supporting Bowel Cancer UK, especially through bowel cancer awareness month 2012, I hope to encourage people in Edinburgh West to be clear on the symptoms of the UK's second biggest cancer killer.

"The message is if in doubt, talk to your doctor."

Former Liberal Democrat MP for the area, John Barrett, is currently undergoing treatment for bowel cancer after a sudden diagnosis last year. He urged people to take part in the NHS screening programme:

"Being diagnosed with cancer is not the worst thing that can happen to you - it can be the start of your treatment and recovery. Leaving cancer undiagnosed is much more dangerous. Participating in the screening programme might save your life - it could well have saved mine."