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MP commits to Beating Bowel Cancer after meeting patient

27th February 2012
MP commits to Beating Bowel Cancer after meeting patient

Gordon Henderson MP has committed to beating bowel cancer after meeting a constituent who has been affected by the illness.

Mr Henderson recently met with Alison Selfe from Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, and heard about the impact that bowel cancer has had on her and committed to take action in Parliament and locally to improve bowel cancer outcomes.

Every year in the UK 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and almost half of those will die from the disease. Bowel cancer remains the UK’s second biggest cause of death from cancer.
Mr Henderson said:

"I was moved by hearing about Alison's experience of bowel cancer and I am completely committed to playing my part as the local MP in helping to beat bowel cancer.

"We know that early diagnosis, improved awareness and better access to treatments are vital if we are to save more lives. I will be working in Parliament to raise awareness of these issues and campaign for further improvements for patients."
Alison Selfe said,

"I am grateful to Gordon Henderson MP for committing to beat bowel cancer.

"Bowel cancer can affect anyone, men and women, young and old. But the good news is, if diagnosed early bowel cancer can be successfully treated. Therefore it is essential that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and that all those invited to take part in screening do so – it could save your life."

More information about the Beating Bowel Cancer charity can be found by visiting

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