Ovarian Cancer Awareness Motion for Moyle Council

22 02 2013


The SDLP Group on Moyle Council will propse the following motion in advance of  Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

 Council welcomes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (March2013) and notes with concern that it is the fourth most common cancer in women; Council calls on the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that further efforts be made to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer to increase earlier diagnosis of the disease and improve survival rates”

The Facts around ovarian cancer:

  • Only 36% are diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer are saved but this would rise to 92% – If woman knew symptoms and acted quicker and if GPs were not mis-diagnosing women with other less deadly diseases because the symptoms are similar. 
  • 2 women die every hour in the UK of ovarian cancer.
  • 75% are not diagnosed until they have advanced stage ovarian cancer.
  • A third of woman are diagnosed in the A& E dept. and by that time, they have only a year to live
  • It kills more woman than breast and cervical cancer and is the 4th overall biggest killer of women of all cancer.  Yet unlike breast and cervical there is no viable screening process even though out of the 3 cancers, it is the most deadly.
  • Ovarian cancer, the UK’s biggest gynaecological killer, is difficult to diagnose and requires gruelling and invasive treatment.

Ovarian Cancer in Northern Ireland:

  • Women in Northern Ireland are among the least aware in the UK when it comes to recognising the symptoms of ovarian cancer, a recent survey suggests.
  • According to the results of the public survey conducted by Target Ovarian Cancer, none of the 1000 women questioned in NI were aware of the symptoms.
  • Last year, about 178 cases were diagnosed in Northern Ireland, with an additional 119 women losing their lives.
  • Early diagnosis is key to survival.
  • Women diagnosed at the earliest stage of ovarian cancer have a five-year survival rate of 92%, but the five-year survival rate in the UK is just 36%, amongst the worst in Europe.