Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has formally presented a petition to Parliament calling for a lower bowel cancer screening age following a campaign by local woman Lauren Backler.
Lauren, from Seaside, lost her mother Fiona to the disease in 2015 and has gathered 216,000 signatures asking for the age to be lowered from 60 to 50 for people in England.
She feels that if the screening age had been at 50 then her mother may have been diagnosed earlier and her life could have been saved.
“It was a privilege to present the petition last week to the speaker calling on the Department of Health to lower the screening age and it’s a privilege to give my continued support to Lauren,” said Caroline.
“She is turning her own tragic loss into a potentially life-saving campaign by not only calling for the lower age limit, but also raising much needed awareness of this terrible disease, so ensuring that testing rates rise and more people are diagnosed earlier.
“The campaign to lower the age to 50 continues in the corridors of power and I will be talking to the health minister again very soon to get an update.”
The Department of Health has already said that it will raise the issue of a lower bowel cancer screening age with an expert committee following Caroline’s holding a parliamentary debate on the issue earlier this year.