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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Thursday 1 December 2011

Target Ovarian Cancer today paid tribute to the determination and effort showed by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ovarian Cancer members to secure Government led work on awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.

Following the Westminster Hall debate they held in October, and their subsequent APPG meeting in November, a delegation of MPs met with Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP earlier this week to urge him to include ovarian cancer in the Government's work on awareness of cancer symptoms at the earliest opportunity.

Frances Reid, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Target Ovarian Cancer said: "I have been so impressed by the passion and commitment shown by the group in their desire to bring about change.  With the Chancellor's Autumn Statement happening on the same day, there could not have been a worse time for them to meet with the Minister. Yet they turned out to press him to take urgent action to tackle late diagnosis of the disease.

"I think women across the UK will be encouraged that their MPs are taking this issue so seriously and putting aside party politics to come together and act. There is a real sense of momentum to their work, and we, like them, hope it will lead to positive results."

The group, chaired by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson will now follow up with the Minister early next year.

The APPG was formed in 2010 following Target Ovarian Cancer's Six Simple Steps campaign and Target Ovarian Cancer act as Secretariat to the group.