Target Ovarian Cancer is delighted to be playing a key role this week in the launch of the first awareness initiative for ovarian cancer in Wales, with a number of activities taking place including a mass mailing to all GPs and an important roundtable meeting.
If a person is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Wales, the chance of surviving for one year is 69.4 per cent. The chance of surviving for five years is 37.9 per cent. These numbers are comparably lower than other areas in the UK.
Target Ovarian Cancer wants to see positive action to improve diagnosis and treatment, so that women in Wales have the same survival chances as women in other areas of the UK.
An awareness initiative for Wales
This week we are joining with the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff to launch the first ovarian cancer awareness initiative for the whole of Wales. Together we are writing to every GP surgery in Wales to ask them to start making noise with us this Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and to ask them to display posters and leaflets in patient areas. We are also drawing their attention to our free online learning module for GPs to increase their understanding of the disease.
We will be promoting our symptoms information and 10 Top Tips, which aim to support women and GPs in communicating effectively and to improve early diagnosis, in both Welsh and English.
Campaigner Annie Mulholland has been calling for more awareness of ovarian cancer, and better access to drugs and clinical trials after her experience of diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Annie will join Target Ovarian Cancer today to attend the roundtable meeting on ovarian cancer, to be held with Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford.
Annwen Jones said: “The roundtable and mailing to all GPs in Wales is an important first step in raising awareness of ovarian cancer and something that Target Ovarian Cancer has long campaigned for. It has been extremely rewarding for us to work alongside Annie Mulholland and other patients to ensure their voices are heard, and to see their stories now being taken into account with the activities taking place this week. We are proud to be partnering on this first awareness initiative, meaning that more women in Wales will have the opportunity for an earlier diagnosis.”