26 March 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network into the number of bowel cancer patients dying within a month of diagnosis.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“This new research shows that the proportion of people dying within a month of being diagnosed with bowel cancer is shockingly high. Sadly many of these patients couldn’t benefit from potentially life-saving treatment because their cancer was so advanced.
“We all know that early diagnosis saves lives. If you diagnose bowel cancer early, nine times out of ten you will live at least five years. Diagnose it late, and it is only one in ten who live that long.
“We want people to be aware of the early warning signs of bowel cancer and go and see their GP as soon as they have any concerns. More people than ever are surviving after a diagnosis and, with prompt access to treatment, cancer no longer has to be a death sentence.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307 068)
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