Ovarian cancer awareness pilot

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TARGET Ovarian Cancer is delighted by Friday’s Department of Health announcement that East Anglia Cancer Network will be part of an ovarian cancer symptoms awareness pilot, as part of its national programme, Be Clear on Cancer.

The programme will mean that early next year, residents in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of ovarian cancer, leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment for women in the region with the disease.

Target Ovarian Cancer’s chief executive, Annwen Jones, said: “This is an important development and one that will genuinely save lives. Currently only 1 per cent of women in the East of England are very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer, demonstrating the desperate need for a national awareness programme. We look forward to seeing the initial pilot outcomes during 2013 and hope a national campaign will follow soon after.”

“Target Ovarian Cancer has been campaigning tirelessly for this step, with evidence from our most recent Pathfinder Study revealed that ovarian cancer symptom awareness amongst woman has not improved since 2009, reinforcing the need for a large scale campaign. We first urged the government to act to increase awareness of the disease in 2009, and in 2010, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer was formed.”

Brenda Gates, from Norwich, who has had ovarian cancer, said: “This is wonderful news. Finally the government is taking steps towards stopping needless deaths from this disease. Target Ovarian Cancer and its supporters like me are doing our best to improve symptoms awareness, but a large scale campaign will make a huge impact.”