MP joins Coronation Street star in cancer fight

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has joined forces with a former landlady of one of Britain’s most famous pubs in the battle against cancer.

Mr Menzies spoke with actress Denise Welch, who played Rovers Return landlady Natalie Horrocks in the soap Coronation Street, during a Parliamentary tea party for The Eve Appeal.

The charity was set up to campaign for better detection and improved treatment of all five gynaecological cancers. It is also passionate about extending breast cancer testing to improve rates of survival in both men and women.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “It was good to talk to Denise who is passionate about improving cancer survival rates.

“I share her concerns in this area and last week secured a commitment from the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons that the Government would continue to increase the availability of vital diagnostic testing for cancer.

“However, more can be done and the Government must stay the course when it comes to supporting early diagnosis and treatment for cancer.”

The Parliamentary tea party – part of The Eve Appeal’s flagship Make Time for Tea campaign – was held to mark the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout March, people across the UK will be hosting tea parties to raise money for the appeal with every pound raised helping fund medical research.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women, accounting for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together.  Every year more than 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK – and every year 4,200 women die from the disease.

Early diagnosis makes a huge difference. The current five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46 per cent. Research by The Eve Appeal found that if diagnosed at the earliest stage, up to 90 per cent of women would survive for five years or more.

Mr Menzies added: “That is why I believe rigorous testing is so important and I will continue to press home the importance of this to ministers.

“I would also urge women to ensure they are aware what to look out for as I understand that a survey by The Eve Appeal found that 27 per cent of women surveyed in the UK could not name a single correct symptom of any of the five gynaecological cancers.”

 

Picture: Mark Menzies MP with Denise Welch

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