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Reduce the age at which bowel cancer screening is offered.
My Story My name is Lisa Wells, I’m 32 years old and I have terminal liver and bowel cancer. #LisasArmyUK is fundraising for my two beautiful girls Ava-Lily, 5 and Saffia, 13 weeks and Dorothy House. I married my childhood sweetheart Dan whom is my world, and we have been together since we were both 14. Our first daughter Ava-Lily was born in October 2012 and after a long road of many angel babies we welcomed our second daughter Saffia in October 2017. Shortly after giving birth, I was given the devastating news that I had stage 4 bowel and liver cancer and I had 2-12 months to live. All the aches and pains I had experienced during pregnancy I had put down to the pressures on the body that every woman experiences during that time, but in fact they were cancer warning signs. My biggest battle is not the chemo or the cancer I face, but that I wish to leave my girls a lasting legacy in my absence and help others in a similar position. I won’t get to see my girls reach the milestones every mother should – helping to pick out their wedding dresses, celebrate their successes or keys to their first home. So instead I want to raise an army of friends, family and supporters to help carry them through those experiences and to know their mum did all of this in their name. My legacy will not be filled with sadness, but joy, laughter and love. WHO’S WITH ME? As part of her legacy, Lisa wishes to campaign to lower the age of free bowel cancer screening to 25. Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time. Bowel cancer can affect you at any age....despite this, NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you're more likely to get bowel cancer. Why should a family be without their young mother....wife....sister....daughter, just because they are 'too young' for free screening. Please sign this petition so we can request that Jeremy Hunt MP can bring this before Parliament and discuss it with his fellow MPs, with a view to changing that legislation.