Sir George joined MPs from all parties at a reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons to promote 'Beating Bowel Cancer'.
"Each year, 35,600 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer - and half of these will die from this condition. That's about 55 people a year in my North West Hants constituency. However, 90% of those lives could be saved if the cancer was detected and treated early enough."
"Beating Bowel Cancer is a national charity working to raise awareness of symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatment for those affected by bowel cancer. I wholeheartedly support their work and will be asking the Government what steps they are taking to minimise loss of life."
The annual campaign encourages people across Britain to raise money for the charity by wearing a Loud Tie or wacky neckwear during the week, and to talk out Loud about bowel cancer which is the second biggest killer cancer, affecting 35,600 people every year.
Speaking at the Parliamentary Launch Event held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Sir George said, “I am delighted to be supporting the Loud Tie campaign, which raises important funds for the charity, increases awareness of the disease and elevates the key issues surrounding bowel cancer. I would like to congratulate Beating Bowel Cancer on the launch of the campaign at the Houses of Parliament and wish them every success. Furthermore, I would urge my constituents to join in, dig out their loudest ties or neckwear and be ‘proud to be loud’ in support of the campaign!”
Beating Bowel Cancer’s Chief Executive, Hilary Whittaker, added: “As well as the important fundraising that takes place during Loud Tie Week, the campaign also aims to increase the profile of this disease. Thankfully recent years have seen the development of a number of new, innovative treatments for bowel cancer and it is Beating Bowel Cancer’s priority to help to ensure that these are made fully available to patients who will benefit from them, regardless of where people live or their ability to pay.”
The government also recently announced that a national bowel cancer screening programme will be launched in April 2006, the first cancer screening programme in England for both men and women and one of the first of its kind in Europe.
Those interested in taking part can order a fundraising pack from Beating Bowel Cancer on 020 8892 5256 or download all materials from www.beatingbowelcancer.org.