Cycle to raise money for ovarian cancer

Posted on: 20 September 2016

A group of cyclists from West Limerick cycling clubs are cycling from Newcastle West in Limerick to St. James’s Hospital in Dublin to raise awareness for ovarian cancer and to raise vital funds for the ovarian cancer charities (SOCK and Ovacare) who are leading the way in turning the tide on research, knowledge and awareness. The initiative is supported by Trinity College Dublin's School of Medicine staff; Professor John O’Leary and Dr Sharon O’Toole who coordinate the INNOVATION (Irish National Network for Ovarian Cancer Collaboration) consortium, dedicated to the improved diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynaecological malignancy in the western world. Ireland has one of the highest mortality rates in Europe from ovarian cancer, with over 350 women diagnosed annually, and 65% dying within 5 years of diagnosis. Early diagnosis is difficult and women are encouraged to be familiar with the BEAT campaign to raise awareness of symptoms.

The BEAT Ovarian Cancer Campaign is telling women across Ireland that they can BEAT Ovarian Cancer by knowing their bodies, knowing the signs and getting help at an early stage if they have any of the following signs for 3 weeks or more:

Bloating that is persistent and doesn’t come and go  

Eating less and feeling full more quickly

Abdominal and pelvic pain you feel most days

Tell your GP about your symptoms

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with other illnesses but the key difference is that these symptoms are persistent and do not come and go.

Details on the cycle and how to support are available on:

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