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Featured Wednesday, Aug 29 2018

Local event to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer

A Slough GP, who is also the Medical Director for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), hosted East Berkshire’s first ever cancer awareness conference at the weekend.

Dr Lalitha Iyer hosted the event which was organised by ‘Meet and Mingle’, a local charity. The event took place on Saturday (18/08) and was attended by over150 people. Its aim was to help raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer.

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Members of the public had an opportunity to listen to Professor Christina Fotopoulou, a consultant gynaecological oncologist and a leading expert on ovarian cancer from the Imperial College NHS Trust.

A number of national speakers also gave information on cancer screening, early symptoms and the importance of detecting cancer early.

There were also presentations from MacMillan and Penny Brohn in addition to information stalls from the local CCG cancer awareness team and ‘Ovacome’ – a cancer support charity.

A sum of £10,000 was raised in just two and half months of fund raising work carried out by dedicated members from ‘Meet and Mingle’ and a cheque was presented to Professor Fotopolou on the afternoon of the event. The money will go to the Imperial Health Charity’s ovarian care fund to support research into ovarian cancer.

Dr Iyer said: “Aksa Marshall, the founder of ‘Meet and Mingle’ wanted to raise awareness of cancer in the community due to her personal experience of a late diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

“I have known Aksa personally for many years through my voluntary work with ‘Meet and Mingle’ and it was a privilege to support her by planning and hosting this cancer awareness conference.”

She added: “I am pleased to say that the conference was a huge success with fantastic support from our local consultants both from the acute trust and a hospice.

“I hope by raising awareness, patients will see their GP early for abnormal symptoms ensuring an earlier diagnosis of cancer and thus improved outcomes”