Polegate MP calls for more action on ovarian cancer

Maria Caulfield
Maria Caulfield

Maria Caufield, the MP for Polegate and Seaford, this week gave her support to the Target Ovarian Cancer organisation’s campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and tackle the current postcode lottery that exists.

Maria said, “Outcomes in Sussex are lower than in many parts of the country so I am keen to see the situation improve quickly. As with so many health issues, early detection is absolutely critical and I hope that by championing an awareness raising campaign it will help more women become aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.”

New analysis by Target Ovarian Cancer warns that women are at risk of delayed diagnosis, lack of access to clinical trials and poorer survival outcomes, depending on their postcode. All women should have access to the best standards of care and treatment, wherever they live in the UK, says the charity in its latest campaign report, launching this week in parliament,” said Maria, who works as a cancer nurse.

“Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is key to survival, and women need to know the symptoms in order to visit their GP with concerns. However awareness varies from only nine per cent of women in the East and West Midlands being confident of spotting the symptoms to 20 per cent in London. As a cancer nurse myself I know only too well the toll cancer can take on patients and families and I will therefore be taking a close interest in this matter going forward.”

In the UK, the five-year ovarian cancer survival rate is 43 per cent but if diagnosed at the earliest stage, it rises to 90 per cent.

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