Liz becomes a teal hero!

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Liz McInnes was a teal hero for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at a special event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer at the Houses of Parliament.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month takes place every March, and parliamentarians including Liz dressed as teal heroes, learned more about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and committed to helping raise awareness. The designated colour for ovarian cancer is teal.

Liz McInnes MP says: “11 women die every day from ovarian cancer. Early diagnosis saves lives, and raising awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer is crucial. Being a ‘teal hero’ was a great opportunity to take action and raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Although there was a fun element to the event, ensuring women know the symptoms of this disease is extremely serious and I plan on continuing to be a teal hero in the future, working to ensure more women are diagnosed sooner.”  

Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer, says: “So many of the women with ovarian cancer I meet tell me how important it is that women know what to look out for and that what someone might think are everyday tummy problems could be something more serious like cancer. It’s so important we do all we can to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.”

Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, says: “It has been delightful to see the MPs getting involved and learning the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer makes the disease easier to treat, so Target Ovarian Cancer is urging everyone to learn the symptoms during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March. Our goal has been to inspire parliamentarians to become more engaged with ovarian cancer and the issues around the disease, and effect change at a national level. We are hugely grateful for all they do.”

The symptoms of ovarian cancer include persistent bloating rather than bloating that comes and goes; feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite; pelvic or abdominal pain; and urinary symptoms, for example needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual. Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue. If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out.

Find out more about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at http://ocam.org.uk

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