Plaid Cymru’s Peredur Owen Griffiths has backed a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
The MS for South Wales East wore the colour teal during an event as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March.
Teal is the colour of ovarian cancer awareness, which continues to be alarmingly low in Wales. Data from Target Ovarian Cancer, shows just 27 per cent of women in Wales would be able to name bloating as a symptom of ovarian cancer
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are a persistent bloated tummy, always feeling full, tummy pain and the need to wee more often or more urgently.
Peredur said: “It was great to be part of a campaign that will hopefully help save women’s lives. More than 4,000 women in the UK die of ovarian cancer each year. Unfortunately, awareness of the key symptoms remains worryingly low.
“We must come together and act now to make sure everyone knows what look out for, and that those affected by ovarian cancer face better outcomes. That’s why I was delighted to join others and take part in this year’s Teal Hero event with Target Ovarian Cancer to create positive progress.”
Peredur added: “More than 300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Wales. I would like to see an improvement in awareness of ovarian cancer so we can tackle the statistics – and save lives.”
Alexandra Holden, Deputy Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “It is so important that we continue to come together at events like this to work to transform the future of ovarian cancer.
“We look forward to continuing to work with these MSs to make improvements in diagnosis and survival that women with ovarian cancer and their families deserve.”
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