Gordon has called for an end to a postcode lottery, where differential awareness and diagnosis of ovarian cancer produces different survival rates for women suffering from the disease.
Gordon, who is a member of the All-Party Ovarian Cancer group in Parliament is backing the campaign launched by the national charity “Target Ovarian Cancer”, after a report highlighted the regional differences between survival rates of ovarian cancer, awareness and participation in clinical trials.
Speaking after attending the Westminster launch of the initiative and meeting the charity’s Ovarian Cancer campaigner Jane Asher, Gordon said: “I know from my own personal experience where early diagnosis saved my mother’s life, and from constituents and families in Blackpool affected by this deadly disease, how crucial spotting and treating ovarian cancer early can be.
“More needs to be done to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer get the support and care they need, regardless of where they live. I have pledged to raise awareness of this in Blackpool.”
He added: “Self-awareness of symptoms, referrals and early diagnosis by GPs is a crucial part of this. But this report also clearly shows that women with ovarian cancer are facing a life altering postcode lottery.
“Women with the disease should be able access the best standards available, no matter where they live in the UK. I will be raising these issues with GP and other NHS stakeholders in Blackpool as part of this new campaign.”
Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer: “This is why we’ve launched this report today and calling on all MPs to make sure that women with ovarian cancer are getting access to the best treatment and care possible. We need to stop women needlessly dying because of where they live.
“The most important thing is that women know what to look out for. That is why we need a national awareness campaign so that every woman knows the key symptoms which are having a bloated tummy or tummy pain, needing to wee more often/urgently and always feeling full.”
For more information and to read the report visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk .