Justin Madders MP has shown his support for women with ovarian cancer in Ellesmere Port and Neston by joining Target Ovarian Cancer at the launch of their state-of-the-nation Pathfinder study in Parliament.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all the gynaecological cancers and women with ovarian cancer are often left stranded without vital support at every turn, from diagnostic tests to access to nurses, according to Pathfinder.
Target Ovarian Cancer is calling on government and health bodies to improve services and invest to secure the futures of women with ovarian cancer.
“Women with ovarian cancer are being failed at diagnosis, in access to trials and effective drugs and they lack support.
“They deserve better than this and I will fight to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer get the care, support and new treatments that are needed, so that lives are transformed, now and in the future.”
Target Ovarian Cancer’s Pathfinder study found that:
• Just one in five UK women could name bloating as a major symptom of ovarian cancer, an alarmingly low rate of awareness.
• Almost half of women visited their GP three times or more before being referred for ovarian cancer tests, risking a delayed diagnosis.
• Less than half of cancer nurses think that their cancer unit has enough nurses to care for all the women being treated there.
To find out more, visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/Pathfinder2016