A campaigner has said she is thrilled at news that the Government plans work to increase awareness of ovarian cancer in the High Peak area.
Eilish Hoole, of Buxton, who suffers from the illness, has campaigns on behalf of charity Target Ovarian Cancer to raise awareness among women of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
The charity carried out Pathfinder Studies in 2009 and 2012 revealing that awareness of symptoms among women is not improving. In 2012 data showed four per cent of women in the North West, including Buxton, were very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer.
The Government has now announced that women in the North West and Borders regions will be targeted as part of it’s Be Clear on Cancer programme.
Eilish said: “I’m thrilled that the Government has taken another positive step to reduce the number of women dying from ovarian cancer.
“I’m grateful to all those women like me who campaigned alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer, to the MPs who demanded change, and to charities like Target Ovarian Cancer for their unrelenting support. We are not there yet, a national campaign is still needed, but this is a vital step forward.”
For information on Target Ovarian Cancer, visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk