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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Friday 4 May 2018

It has been a busy few months for our ovarian cancer campaigners and staff who take action in the UK Parliament to improve health policy for women with ovarian cancer.

MPs are looking deeper into early diagnosis

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer (APPG) is a group of MPs and peers who meet regularly to raise the profile of ovarian cancer within parliament. Target Ovarian Cancer organises meetings alongside APPG Chair Sharon Hodgson MP and Vice Chair Lee Rowley MP, providing the secretariat to the Group.

We are currently working on the APPG’s inquiry into earlier diagnosis in ovarian cancer, and collected evidence for the final report at an in-depth session in February. Members of the APPG heard from a range of witnesses including Professor Chris Harrison, National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England, Professor Anne Mackie, Director of Screening at Public Health England and Hilary Morrison, who is a patient advocate and member of Target Ovarian Cancer’s GP Advisory Board. We were delighted to see the room filled with a group of our supporters, who have all had a diagnosis of ovarian cancer themselves, and who made many thought-provoking contributions to the discussion. If you would like to hear about future APPG sessions and how you can attend, contact appg@targetovariancancer.org.uk

During the evidence, we heard about work that has already been done to improve early diagnosis, including Be Clear on Cancer pilots to raise public awareness, and the implementation of clinical guidelines setting out the symptoms of ovarian cancer and referral pathway. The session also explored what more can be done and how new ideas and approaches could be adopted to improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer. The report of the inquiry will be published in time for World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Teal superheroes fly into action

MPs showed their superstar support for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by dressing as teal heroes to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer (teal is the colour of ovarian cancer). We were delighted that 14 MPs came to show their support. Aside from the superpowered shenanigans, we had some really great conversations with each MP about how they can help us reach our goal of making sure women with ovarian cancer have the best chances of survival. We got some fantastic photos from the day and we are planning a bigger and better event for next year - so watch this space!

Andrew Gwynne MP

Andrew Gwynne MP gets into the superhero spirit

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