VALE MP Alun Cairns has attended an event aimed at promoting Bowel Cancer Awareness month at Barry Library.

Cancer Research Wales organised an afternoon of talks with Dr Lee Campbell and showcased their inflatable bowel at Barry Library on Saturday, April 7.

Bowel cancer is Wales’ second biggest cancer killer.

Those attending had an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how bowel cancer develops through multiple talks held by Dr Campbell and by taking a tour around the giant inflatable bowel.

Mr Cairns said: “It was useful to not only take a tour around the giant inflatable bowel but to also discuss bowel cancer with one of Wales’ research project experts, Dr Lee Campbell, who explained to me how medical research and trials are constantly helping to develop new ways of detecting and treating bowel cancer.

“It is awful to know that only 53 per cent of over 60’s in Wales take the simple test that could detect if they have bowel cancer.

“But hopefully after Bowel Cancer Awareness month this statistic will rise.

“I hope that residents throughout the Vale will take the time to read some of the advice that is available or even attend future events like these, which not only raises awareness but can also help Cancer Research in attracting funds to support their incredible work in tackling cancer.”