30 January 2012
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are delighted that the Government is helping to raise awareness of bowel cancer by launching the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign.
“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.
“It is therefore vital that people know the signs and symptoms to look for as bowel cancer can be treated effectively if it is caught early on. We hope that this campaign will result in more people being diagnosed at an early stage so that they are able to access treatment promptly.”
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Anna Brosnan, Media & PR Manager
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Calls are free, including from mobiles or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.