Commenting on Womb Cancer Awareness and in particular the case of Noreen Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Rebecca Long Bailey said:
“Womb cancer is the 4th most common cancer for women, but there is no national awareness campaign for womb cancer in Britain. Many women don’t even know they have it and there is little information out there so it is vitally important that people are aware of the facts.
Continuing reductions in public health funding nationally will clearly have a serious impact on the ability of Councils across Greater Manchester to improve women’s health and wellbeing and further increase demand on our hospital’s, GP’s and social care services.
It is a false economy and prevention and early treatment will undoubtedly place less strain on NHS and Social Care funding in the long run. It seems that the Government is starving funds and leaving us in Salford to carry out our own public health awareness campaigns.
One of my constituents Noreen Bailey has recently survived Womb cancer, she was lucky she went to the doctors early and was able to get the treatment she needed before it was too late. She has decided to set up her own group working alongside Womb Cancer UK and she has had women joining it every couple of days.
I’m proud to work with Noreen and Womb Cancer Support UK because there needs to be a heightened awareness of the issue not just in Salford and Eccles but across the country to. Women need information about prevention before diagnosis, not after. I would like to thank Noreen for helping publisce this issue.”
Noreen Bailey, womb cancer survivor and campaigner from Salford said:
“The last 3 months of my life has been a real rollercoaster ride; at the end of August I got a really sharp pain in my stomach and moments later I started bleeding, it was terrifying and it really scared me. I don’t usually go the hospital, but on this occasion I made an exception.
When I got there I didn’t have to wait long before they examined me. I was then taken for an ultrasound scan, where they did an internal scan as well as one on my stomach; the nurse informed me that the results would go straight to a doctor. The Doctor informed me I could go home but I had to come back on the Thursday for a hysteroscopy.
I went back on the Thursday and had my hysteroscopy and was then given a date to come back for the results.
Two weeks later, I came back for my results. The Dr informed me that I had endometrial cancer to my horror but he then told me that it was in its early stages and that he had put me down to have a hysterectomy in 2 weeks.
I had my op on the Friday and could not believe that I was home the next day. I went back for an appointment at the hospital 4 weeks later to be told that the cancer had not spread and all lymph nodes were clear so I don’t need any other treatment. I was overwhelmed by my results. Womb cancer is the third most common cancer amongst women, yet it is rarely talked about, we need to raise awareness.”
Kaz Molloy, Founder of Womb Cancer Support UK said:
“As far as I am aware there is no awareness literature about womb cancer available to women and that is why we are trying hard to get our awareness leaflets distributed across the UK.
Public Health England seem to believe that there is already enough general awareness out there but that is not backed up by what the women who come to us are saying. When I was told nearly 6 years ago that I had endometrial cancer I had no idea where exactly that was and it seems that nothing much has changed since then as women who have been recently diagnosed are saying the same thing."