March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This March will see women around the UK celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The campaign has already seen MPs, celebrities, health professionals and women who have been affected by cancer get together at the House of Commons.

According to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, a woman who is diagnosed with the disease at the earliest stage doubles her chance of surviving for five years or more, rising from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent.

However, the charity said that nearly half of GPs incorrectly believe that symptoms are only present in the later stages of the disease, while less than one-third of women in the UK are confident they know what the symptoms are.

More than 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. The disease also kills 4,100 women annually.

At the House of Commons event, Athena Lamnisos, chief executive of charity the Eve Appeal, said: “Ovarian cancer really is a disease that needs all the help it can get, as survival rates are low, treatment options are limited and diagnosis often comes too late.

“The signs, symptoms and risk factors are too-little known, often stigmatised and not talked about enough and that is why it is so vital that we encourage women to speak openly about ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.”

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Ovarian Cancer, hosted the event at the House of Commons.

There, she said: “These brutal statistics need to change - and that’s why I am urging women across the UK to raise vital funds to continue the Eve Appeal’s pioneering research into early detection and prevention.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801833454-ADNFCR