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South West women facing delays in disease's diagnosis

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

Mary Chamberlain, left, with Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris at the Target Ovarian Cancer launch

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A Devon woman who was diagnosed late with ovarian cancer is backing a campaign to reduce delays in spotting the disease in women across the South West.

Mary Chamberlain spoke yesterday, the day before data on delays in diagnosis was due to be published as part of Target Ovarian Cancer's Pathfinder Study, launched at the House of Commons.

Experts agree early diagnosis is essential to surviving the disease.

But according to the study, failure to spot the condition early in the South West is cutting women's lives short.

It said some of the 601 women found to be suffering from the disease in the region each year face delays.

Mrs Chamberlain, 60, of Newton Abbot, said after initially being misdiagnosed her GP became suspicious enough to send her to his gynaecology surgery for a full check-up.

She said: "I then went to A&E, but the cancer was already at stage three by the time I was diagnosed. It has been a frightening time for me and my husband especially as the cancer has now returned twice more, but I am in remission at the moment.

"For too many, a delay means their cancer has already spread, and treatment is difficult."

Annwen Jones, chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: "Some 32% of women are diagnosed in A&E. 75% of women are diagnosed once the cancer has spread.

"This is unacceptable."

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  • omnivore23  |  January 24 2013, 11:36AM

    Imagine my surprise.

  • SidneyNuff  |  January 24 2013, 1:30AM

    Don't worry omni, widening the net isn't a problem. I'm already working on it.

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  • omnivore23  |  January 23 2013, 2:45PM

    You know what Sidney - I actually agree with your thoughts about the problems of paying ICB or any other benefit to people who are potentially able to work but have no intention of doing so. However - when you use phrases like: "the public sector like to counsel these people and treat them on the NHS" (right - the people that I know who work in A and E and for the ambulance service just LOVE dealing with aggressive drunk people - and revolving door addicts - it makes their day) and "the NHS is far too busy treating drug addicts and alcoholics" (wheras in fact, the issues are more about failure at GP level than about funding issues) .........When you come out with these kind of highly pejorative and frequently untrue statements you damage your own argument, and reveal more than you would like about the values that lie behind your postings to this site, which seem to be more about a general misanthropy rather than a desire to see anything constructive done about the issues you claim to care about. Even if they stopped benefits to drug users (which they are starting to do from this Autumn) deported all "druggies", kicked out all the "dossiers", stopped poor people going on the beach, banned the labour party, sacked all public sector employees, ended all state benefits for those who refuse to pick up dog poo, and took away wheelchairs from anyone able to crawl, then you would need to find some other target upon which to project your spite.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  January 23 2013, 1:23PM

    No one has said that the Labour government introduced incapacity benefit. Incapacity benefits are an excellent idea and as you point out they were introduced by the Tories (so not quite the nasty party that the left wing liberals like to portray) however as usual with socialists in power they soon become available to those who drink too much beer and take too many drugs. When social housing was introduced, it was a good idea, you had to look after it and you had a social contract. Then Labour decided it was better giving it to immigrants, dossers, addicts, etc.Have you been anywhere near a council estate lately, no I thought not, wise choice. Incapacity benefits for genuine cases = a good idea. Incapacity benefits for drug addicts and alcoholics = don't make me laugh, any idea what thr first thing they spend this money on will be!

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  • omnivore23  |  January 23 2013, 12:16PM

    I do so admire your ability to turn any story into a rant against the usual suspects (drug users, people on benefits, public sector workers, socialists). But Socialist Utopia? Really? The last labour government did little to tackle the issues around Incapacity benefit - BUT - it was introduced in 1971 under Heath and saw its biggest expansion by far in the 1980's under that well-known socialist Margaret Thatcher. So Im afraid on this occasion Sidney - your attempt to pin the blame for delays in diagnosing cancer on your usual suspects is filed under what my nephew might call EPIC FAIL.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  January 23 2013, 10:46AM

    The NHS is far too busy treating drug addicts and alcoholics with their self inflicted diseases. The public sector like to encourage these people with extra payments in incapacity benefits. The public sector then like to counsel these people and treat them on the NHS. It means continous employment for public sector workers. Tax payers with real illnesses are put to the back of the queue. Welcome to benefits Britain. It's a socialist utopia.