Mark Tami MP Meets Constituents in Parliament to Discuss Ovarian Cancer

Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside, has met with two constituents in Parliament, Rose Jones and Leanne Gleave from Deeside, in their support for the latest campaign by Target Ovarian Cancer to end differences between survival rates, awareness rates and participation in clinical trials across the UK.

Mr Tami said: ‘I was pleased to meet Rose and Leanne who raised their concerns with me. Sadly across the UK ovarian cancer rates are still poor and much more needs to be done regarding awareness and research to ensure that they increase.

The Alyn & Deeside MP also said: ‘I was very concerned to learn that only 25% of women in Wales believe that they know what to look for regarding the symptoms of ovarian cancer. It is vital that more is done to increase awareness of the key symptoms of this cancer.’

The key symptoms of ovarian cancer are having a bloated tummy or tummy pain, needing to wee more often/urgently and always feeling full.

Annwen Jones, Chief Executive for Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Whilst cancer doesn’t discriminate by address, this new report clearly shows that women with ovarian cancer are facing a life-altering postcode lottery. Women with ovarian cancer should be able to access the best standards available, no matter where they live in the UK.

“This is why we’re launching The Ovarian Cancer Postcode Lottery report today and calling on all MPs to make sure that women with ovarian cancer are getting access to the best treatment and care possible. We need to stop women needlessly dying because of where they live.

“The most important thing is that women know what to look out for. That is why we need a national awareness campaign so that every woman knows the key symptoms which are having a bloated tummy or tummy pain, needing to wee more often/urgently and always feeling full.”

For more information and to read the report visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk