NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has joined the battle against ovarian cancer and urged women to go and see their doctor if they fear something is wrong. Mr Harvey met several women at an awareness event in Westminster organised by the charity Ovarian Cancer Ac

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has joined the battle against ovarian cancer and urged women to go and see their doctor if they fear something is wrong.Mr Harvey met several women at an awareness event in Westminster organised by the charity Ovarian Cancer Action and confessed he was shaken by the grim statistics.The fourth most common cancer among women, with 7,000 new cases diagnosed each year and a low survival rate of 30 per cent."I was shocked to realise most of the symptoms for ovarian cancer are around the tummy area, and not gynaecological," said Mr Harvey. "Also, it often takes considerable time before women and their GPs realise something is seriously wrong, so I would like to make sure every woman in North Devon is made aware of the symptoms which occur very frequently and that they are not afraid to visit their GP to discuss them. "When treated early, survival is 95 per cent but often women are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread."March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and key symptoms campaigners are highlighting include: Difficulty eating or feeling full, tummy and pelvic pain, bloating and increase in stomach size, plus increase in urgency and frequency of passing water.More information about the disease and the Ovarian Cancer Action charity is available from www.ovarian.org.uk