After attending an event to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has encouraged women in South Yorkshire to sit down and talk openly about their health concerns.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth biggest killer of women in the UK and accounts for more deaths than all gynaecological cancers combined. However, if diagnosed in its early stages, the five year survival rate jumps from 45 per cent to 90 per cent. Currently, there is a problem with a lack of women spotting symptoms and coming forward early enough.
Early signs of ovarian cancer are persistent pelvic and abdominal pain, increased bloating, difficulty eating and feeling full quickly and needing to pass water more often than usual.
Throughout March, The Eve Appeal, run by Gynaecological charity Eve has been running an ovarian cancer fundraising and awareness campaign called ‘Make Time for Tea’ which encourages people to hold tea parties with family, friends and work colleagues.
Miss Champion said: “It’s incredibly important that we continue to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, a disease that continues to kill lots of women.
“Encouraging all women to talk openly about their health issues is essential in catching these diseases early and treating them.”
“I want all women in South Yorkshire to feel empowered to not only spot the symptoms of ovarian cancer but feel confident enough to come forward when they do.”