Donald Cameron MSP has shown his support for women with ovarian cancer across Scotland by joining Target Ovarian Cancer to mark their major new Pathfinder Scotland report on 23 May in the Scottish Parliament.
Awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms among women in Scotland is alarmingly low, leaving women without knowledge that could save lives, according to Pathfinder Scotland.
Around 600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Scotland every year, and 360 women lose their lives to the disease.
Donald Cameron MSP said: “I’m really pleased to be at the Pathfinder Scotland event so that all women in Scotland with ovarian cancer get the care, support and new treatments that are needed, so that women’s lives are transformed, now and in future.”
Rebecca Rennison, Target Ovarian Cancer’s Director of Public Affairs, said: “Scotland has led the way in ovarian cancer, having improved how women are diagnosed and access to new treatments. Pathfinder Scotland shows that more remains to be done. We need to see better awareness of the symptoms, and an improvement in the worrying trend that sees many women visit their GP multiple times before being sent for ovarian cancer tests. Women need the right support, from detection through diagnosis to treatment of ovarian cancer.”
Target Ovarian Cancer’s Pathfinder study is the only one of its kind in Scotland, and looks at all aspects of living and working with ovarian cancer. These statistics are part of a report previewed at an event at the Scottish Parliament on 23 May. To find out more, visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/PathfinderScotland