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Be Loud Be Clear Parliamentary Reception
The Parliamentary reception for Beating Bowel Cancer’s Be Loud Be Clear campaign was held in the prestigious State Rooms of the Speaker’s apartments on the 25 January 2012. This annual event aimed at boosting support for Beating Bowel Cancer’s aim to make one of Britain’s second biggest cancer killer a rare cancer.
The event was hosted by Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, MPs, peers attended along with a number of guests of the charity including Bowel Cancer Voices, healthcare professionals and supporters. Speeches were given by Beating Bowel Cancer’s Chief Executive Mark Flannagan and the Secretary of State for Health, The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP and Bowel Cancer Voice, Alison Michell.
Shadow Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP kicked off proceedings and commented "You have our full support continue to push us hard".
At the reception, Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, launched a new report “Equity and Excellence for Bowel Cancer” In this report, Beating Bowel Cancer sets out key recommendations for how the reforms and social care can be best applied to improving outcomes for bowel cancer. He said” The report sets out twenty recommendations they are not a series of demands but a challenge to us all and we at Beating Bowel Cancer are ready to play our part.”
All attendees received a copy of this report and MPs were given additional information with data relating to bowel cancer in their constituency.
Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, talked about the enormity of the challenge facing us; almost half of the 40,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each year will die from the disease. He encouraged all MPs to support the issue in their constituencies
Bowel Cancer Voice and bowel cancer survivor Alison Michell spoke, she was diagnosed over ten years ago. Alison delivered the serious message highlighting the importance of the patient experience in informing changes to the NHS. “
” The outcome which matters most to patients- our bottom line – is a personal one: we hope to live as long as possible and with our health as good as we can get it. You can all help us do that”.
The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, under Secretary of State for Health, spoke about the Government’s commitment to early diagnosis through the forthcoming launch of the Be Clear on Cancer campaign on the 30 January. “I hope public awareness will increase through campaign, early intervention is key. Talking about poo is fine and gives us the confidence to talk openly.”
The evening was a tremendous success and attended by over 70 MPs.
Read more about Equity and Excellence for Bowel Cancer
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