Today’s news: The Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee has recommended that the Welsh government should do more to improve public awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms, building on last year’s GP awareness initiative. A second recommendation urges the Welsh government to work with GPs and other health professionals to ensure that women who have symptoms of ovarian cancer receive a timely diagnosis.
This recommendation follows on from Target Ovarian Cancer’s work alongside committed supporters and campaigners in Wales.
In March 2016, Target Ovarian Cancer joined with the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff to launch the first ovarian cancer awareness initiative for the whole of Wales. We wrote to every GP surgery in Wales with symptoms posters, leaflets and information, and reminding them about our free online learning modules for GPs to increase their understanding of the disease.
Target Ovarian Cancer is proud to stand beside Welsh campaigners, who have been active in organising events such as the Wales Cancer Patient VOICES events and meeting with local politicians to make their voices heard.
Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said “We are thrilled to see this recommendation and will continue to campaign in Wales until every woman knows the symptoms to look for. Early diagnosis saves lives, and today’s report will have a long term impact on women’s survival in Wales.”