Group hails new focus on ovarian cancer

Paige Howitt

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THE chairman of a support group has welcomed a government decision to raise more awareness of ovarian cancer.

From January to mid-March next year, the Department of Health will include ovarian cancer in its Be Clear on Cancer campaign.

The initiative was created to promote earlier diagnosis of cancer and until now has concentrated on bowel and lung cancer.

Dorothy Petty, 75, of Queen Street, Portsea, is chairman of the Ovarian Cancer Support Group for Hampshire.

She was diagnosed with the condition in 2005, which she managed to fight off until this year.

Dorothy, who is now receiving treatment, says she is pleased more awareness will be raised.

She said: ‘Ovarian cancer is a hard one to diagnose, and that’s what this is all about.

‘By raising awareness of the symptoms, more women could be diagnosed and lower the mortality rate.’

To find out more about the support group call (023) 9282 9841.