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Ovarian cancer awareness roadshows visit Lancaster and Morecambe

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The national Be Clear on Cancer campaign is visiting Lancaster and Morecambe this week.

A series of roadshows aim to raise awareness that persistent bloating could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

The Public Health England events are being held in the Marketgate Shopping Centre in Lancaster today, Wednesday, February 26, and the Arndale Shopping Centre in Morecambe from Thursday, February 27, to Saturday, March 1.

A nurse will be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions about ovarian cancer and to give advice on visiting their GP.

Latest figures show 157 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 101 died of the illness in Lancashire in 2011.

The events are part of a regional pilot in the North West to raise awareness of the fact that feeling bloated, most days, for three weeks or more could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

More than 90 per cent of women diagnosed with the earliest stage of ovarian cancer survive the disease for at least five years.

This figure is around five per cent for those women diagnosed at the most advanced stage.

Only around three in ten women are diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease.

Currently, women in the North West have low awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.

Recent survey data shows that 97 per cent don’t link persistent bloating with ovarian cancer.

Professor Paul Johnstone, regional director of public health for north England, said: “Figures show that more needs to be done to raise awareness that feeling bloated, most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

“Finding ovarian cancer early makes it more treatable. Increasing awareness of potential symptoms, and encouraging women to visit their doctor if they experience them, could ultimately help save lives.”

For more information on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer visit nhs.uk/persistentbloating

 

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