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The bowel cancer screening lottery must end

When we catch bowel cancer early nearly everyone survives, yet it is the second biggest cancer killer.

The best way to diagnose bowel cancer at an early stage is through screening.

Currently the screening age starts at 60 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but 50 in Scotland. Almost 8 million people in their 50s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently being denied the same opportunity of an early bowel cancer diagnosis through the national screening programme as they have in Scotland.

Around 41,000 people a year are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 1 in 10 of them are in their 50s.

Since January, when Beating Bowel Cancer called for the screening age to be reduced to 50 throughout the UK, almost 7,000 supporters have used our online petition to generate letters to their MP urging them to support the change.

The letters are making a difference but we need to keep the pressure on and we need your help to do that.

The following actions are available
Email your MP - England
Email your MP - Wales
Email your MP - Northern Ireland
Email your MP - Scotland

We don't want any more needless deaths. Like Lauren Backler's mum Fiona who died aged 56. "If we lived in Scotland, Mum would've already been screened before she was finally diagnosed, increasing her chance of being diagnosed earlier and increasing her chance of survival."

Please take just a few minutes to petition your MP. All you have to do is fill out a few details and the site will do the rest for you.

Thank you.