Derek has pledged his support for the national charity Beating Bowel Cancer to save lives from the UK's second biggest cancer killer.
He attended the charity's annual Be Loud Be Clear parliamentary reception on 25th January where he found out the latest cancer figures for the local area. In Halton more people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and die from the disease than the national average.
"One in eighteen people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and these local figures show people in Halton must take bowel cancer seriously. I hope that by supporting Beating Bowel Cancer's campaign I can encourage people in my constituency to BE LOUD about bowel cancer and BE CLEAR on the symptoms of the UK's second biggest cancer killer."
Mark Flanagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said;
"I am delighted that Derek Twigg MP is supporting BE LOUD BE CLEAR. Bowel cancer claims a life every 30 minutes in the UK but it can be beaten. No matter what the figures say for your local area, by working together to raise awareness, we can beat bowel cancer."
BE LOUD BE CLEAR 2012 coincides with the launch of Be Clear on Cancer, the first NHS national bowel cancer awareness campaign. Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancel killer yet it can be beaten. If diagnosed early, over 90% of bowel cancer patients could be successfully treated compared with less than 7% of patients diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer."
To find out more, visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org