Press Release on Bowel Cancer

I’m delighted to have become a Bowel Cancer Champion.

Someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer every 15 minutes, making it the UK's fourth most common cancer.  It's also the second biggest cancer killer.  Nearly 16,000 people die from the disease every year. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.  However, only 15% are diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease when the chance of survival is highest.

As a Bowel Cancer Champion, I will work with Bowel Cancer UK to increase early diagnosis and improve access to best treatment and care both in Harwich and North Essex and nationally.  By working together with people affected by the disease and the clinical and research community, as well as MPs, the charity’s ambition is that by 2025, survival rates can be transformed from 60% of people surviving bowel cancer to 75%.

It simply isn’t acceptable that so many people die from bowel cancer each year.  That’s why I’m proud to be working with Bowel Cancer UK and helping them make real change happen.  I look forward to using my position in Parliament to call for changes which can improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer in Harwich and North Essex.  Together we can stop bowel cancer.

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, said: “I’m delighted that Bernard Jenkin MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion.  Bernard will serve as a valuable ally in helping us to put bowel cancer firmly on the political agenda and campaigning for crucial improvements to services for bowel cancer patients both nationally and in Harwich and North Essex.”


Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact Bernard Jenkin MP’s office at or 0207 219 4029.

Alternatively, please contact Francesca Toma from Bowel Cancer UK at or 0207 940 1766 / 07810 204 048.