The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ovarian Cancer’s first report entitled Diagnosing ovarian cancer sooner: what more can be done, was published to coincide with World Ovarian Cancer Day 2018.
This influential report is a result of two oral evidence sessions where MPs including APPG Chair Sharon Hodgson MP and Vice Chair Lee Rowley MP heard from women who have had a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and representatives from Public Health England and NHS England.
The recommendations include:
- A national awareness campaign for ovarian cancer, to raise awareness from current low levels. Just 1 in 5 women can name bloating as a key symptom of the disease.
- Changes that would ensure all women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed within the Government’s new 28-day target for cancer diagnoses.
- Improved access to genetic testing, which could prevent an estimated 15 per cent of all cases of ovarian cancer caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations.
Target Ovarian Cancer will be working with the APPG on Ovarian Cancer to ensure that the report’s recommendations are carried out.
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