MP hosts cancer group
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.