Only one in five women across the UK could name bloating as one of the key symptoms of ovarian cancer – something which Hannah Blythyn, MS for Delyn, is campaigning to change as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
This week Target Ovarian Cancer who campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of the cancer, both with the general public and through training GPs, will be at the Senedd raising the profile of the cancer and its symptoms so that it can be diagnosed early and lives can be saved.
Each year around 300 women in Wales and 7000 women across the UK, are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Tragically about 4000 lose their lives, with many being diagnosed at later stages due to symptoms not being recognised.
Speaking at the event Ms Blythyn said:
“Playing my part in tackling ovarian and other forms of cancer is not just political for me – its personal.
We all have been touched in some way by ovarian cancer, whether ourselves, our family or our friends. We owe it to them to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the signs and symptoms, so that we can help save as many lives as possible.”
Members of the Senedd and their staff were invited to pose for photographs as “Teal Heroes” using props including masks, capes and gloves. Over 20 Members of the Senedd attended their event and shower their support as “Teal Heroes”. The colour teal is associated with ovarian cancer awareness.
Alexandra Holden, Deputy Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said:
“It’s been brilliant to see MSs become awareness superheroes today. We know that much more needs to be done to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and save lives. It is so important that we continue to come together at events like this to work to transform the future of ovarian cancer.
We look forward to continuing to work with these MSs to make improvements in diagnosis and survival that women with ovarian cancer and their families deserve.”
Those experiencing any symptoms such as a bloated stomach, needing to wee more often, constantly feeling full, or having stomach pains, should speak to their GP for advice.
Visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk to find out more.