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Awareness campaign needed on ovarian cancer – Sinn Féin MLA

11 March, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has called on the Health Minister to initiate a public awareness campaign on Ovarian Cancer.

The Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“There needs to be an increase in awareness of ovarian cancer and the symptoms if we are to increase people’s chances of recovering from the disease.

“It is the fourth most common cancer and we have no reliable screening for it. However, if ovarian cancer is diagnosed early then there is a very good chance of recovery.

“Almost a third of women with the disease have to wait six months or more after visiting their GPs to receive a positive diagnosis.

“This is a disease where knowledge of the symptoms would both allow women to seek appropriate help, and let GPs access diagnostic tests as swiftly as possible to save lives. There is evidence to suggest that 500 lives a year could be saved across these islands through earlier diagnosis.

“I call on the Health Minister, Social Services and Public Safety to initiate a public awareness campaign on this issue. I would also like to pay tribute to the work of local charities who support women and their families who have suffered with ovarian cancer.”

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