Dr James Davies, MP for the Vale of Clwyd has signed up to a new campaign to end the ovarian cancer postcode lottery, launched by national charity Target Ovarian Cancer.
Dr Davies pledged his support for the new campaign in parliament this week after Target Ovarian Cancer released a new report highlighting the regional differences between survival rates of ovarian cancer, awareness and participation in clinical trials.
Dr Davies said: “More needs to be done to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer get the support and care that they need, regardless of where they live. I have pledged to make sure that is happening in the Vale of Clwyd. I have discussed the lack of cancer drugs availability in Wales at this Target Ovarian Cancer event.
Annwen Jones, Chief Executive for Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Whilst cancer doesn’t discriminate by address, this new report clearly shows that women with ovarian cancer are facing a life-altering postcode lottery. Women with ovarian cancer should be able to access the best standards available, no matter where they live in the UK.
“This is why we’re launching The Ovarian Cancer Postcode Lottery report today and calling on all MPs to make sure that women with ovarian cancer are getting access to the best treatment and care possible. We need to stop women needlessly dying because of where they live.
“The most important thing is that women know what to look out for. That is why we need a national awareness campaign so that every woman knows the key symptoms which are having a bloated tummy or tummy pain, needing to wee more often/urgently and always feeling full.”
For more information and to read the report visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk