Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is backing a bid to beat bowel cancer.
Research charity Bowel Cancer UK is urging people to take part in a national screening programme in the hope of saving more lives.
That call is going out to mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, due to finish a week on Saturday.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second deadliest cancer killer in the UK, accounting for 16,200 deaths a year.
Every year, more than 41,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, but in some parts of the UK, only a third of those given test kits actually use them, meaning that thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.
Mr Campbell said: “As an 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.”
Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, added: “I’d like to thank Mr Campbell for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for screening.
One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime, but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”
Since its launch ten years ago, the NHS screening programme has been proven to save lives.
All those registered with GPs and aged 60 to 74 should receive a test kit in the post every two years to help them detect hidden blood in their stools.
For further details, visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk