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Ex-health secretary being treated for bowel cancer

From BBC - April 2, 2018

The former Conservative health secretary, Lord Lansley, has revealed he is being treated for bowel cancer.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said he was having chemotherapy after being diagnosed nine months ago but had "every reason to hope" he will recover.

Lord Lansley called for improvements to bowel cancer screening after he introduced a scheme in 2010.

He said funding cuts and staff shortages meant it was only available to 50% of the population.

Lord Lansley told the paper he was "lucky" to have been diagnosed early and that the stage 3 tumours had not spread to his liver.

He said he went to his GP after "much nagging" from his wife with spreading back pain.

The 61-year-old also revealed he had had a seven-hour operation on his bowel.

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