Borough MP shows her support for women with ovarian cancer

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Local MP Yvonne Fovargue,  has shown her super-powered support for women with ovarian cancer at a special event for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

MPs were given the chance to dress as ‘teal heroes’ to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer at an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ovarian Cancer.

Teal is the colour of ovarian cancer awareness, which is alarmingly low in the UK.

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Eleven women die from ovarian cancer every day, yet data from Target Ovarian Cancer, shows just one in five women can name bloating as one of the key symptoms of the disease.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

l Persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes;

l Feeling full or loss of appetite;

l Tummy pain;

l Needing to wee more often or more urgently.

Ms Fovargue said: “Too many women die of ovarian cancer.

“We all have to act to ensure that more women know the symptoms to look out for, are diagnosed sooner and get the treatment they need.”

Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the APPG on Ovarian Cancer, said: “Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is vital, not only for women of all ages, but also for healthcare professionals.”

Annwen Jones OBE, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “We all know that much more needs to be done to see the improvements in diagnosis and survival that women with ovarian cancer and their families deserve.

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“We look forward to working with these MPs to transform the futures of women with ovarian cancer.”

Target Ovarian Cancer’s campaign ‘It’s time to TAKE OVAR’ aims to accelerate change and transform the futures of more than 25,000 women who are living with the disease and thousands more yet to be diagnosed.

The public can join the call to demand earlier diagnosis for all women at

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