Easington MP Grahame Morris has pledged to help charity Bowel Cancer UK to raise awareness of screening in East Durham.
As April marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Mr Morris is supporting a call by leading research charity Bowel Cancer UK, urging more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and help save lives.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, affecting both men and women.
Every year over 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 16,200 people die of the disease.
Mr Morris said, “As the local MP, I am totally committed to improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally.
“I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it.
Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.
If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post.
If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”
To get involved visit: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk