MP hosts can­cer group

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston hosted the first New Zealand Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Foun­da­tion share and care event in Par­lia­ment.

Dur­ing the month of Septem­ber, share and care get-to­geth­ers are be­ing co­or­di­nated as the key aware­ness rais­ing and fundrais­ing events for the foun­da­tion.

‘‘It is a real hon­our to have the NZGCF here in par­lia­ment to cel­e­brate aware­ness month for gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers,’’ Mrs Up­ston said.

The foun­da­tion, es­tab­lished in 2007, aims to ed­u­cate all women about the signs and symp­toms of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers to en­cour­age early de­tec­tion and to pro­vide sup­port fol­low­ing di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment.

Ev­ery year in New Zealand over 860 women will be di­ag­nosed with a gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer, and one woman dies ev­ery day.

‘‘There is very poor level of un­der­stand­ing about gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers and symp­toms, which if de­tected early can be eas­ily treated,’’ Mrs Up­ston said. ‘‘The foun­da­tion is work­ing hard to im­prove aware­ness through­out New Zealand.’’

While in Par­lia­ment, foun­da­tion mem­bers and Mrs Up­ston met with As­so­ci­ate Min­is­ter of Health Dr Jonathan Cole­man and chair of the Health Se­lect Com­mit­tee Dr Paul Hutchi­son.

NZ rep­re­sen­ta­tive rower Fiona Pat­ter­son at­tended the share and care event to tell her story as a sur­vivor of cer­vi­cal can­cer.

‘‘Fiona’s will­ing­ness to share her story to en­cour­age all women to be aware of the symp­toms of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer is very brave,’’ said Mrs Up­ston.

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