Cancer blood screening plea
A BARROW-upon-Soar campaigner is petitioning the Government in a bid to get a special ovarian and breast cancer screening blood test available free on the NHS.
Andy Grief-Liggins raised more than £5,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action after his best friend, Michelle Armstrong, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
In 2017 he completed the London Marathon, the Nottingham Marathon, the Leicester Marathon, the Vitality London 10,000 and completed the London to Surrey 100-mile bike ride.
Sadly Michelle passed away in January, prompting Andy to launch an online petition to ‘Make BRCA testing a choice for females over 30 on the NHS’.
He said: “Michelle had no family history and was misdiagnosed for 18 months. If more training and information was given to doctors or a BRCA test was done she might still be here today with her husband and little boy.
“As we all know, it doesn’t matter if ovarian or breast cancer runs in the family, if it wants to get you, it will!
“If BRCA testing was offered free on the NHS, just like a cervical screening, it could save lives and surely save the NHS thousands. Also doctor surgeries need to provide more leaflets/posters in their surgery explaining the symptoms.
“I’m not asking for the test to be compulsory, I just want people to have a choice because, at present, you only get offered the test if ovarian or breast cancer runs in the family, otherwise you have to
spend £1500 to go private.”
To date, the online petition has been signed by 10,434 peole and Mr Grief-Liggins has had confirmation that the petition has been accepted by the UK Government.
If it is signed by 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
He said: “Please can you sign and share the petition link like crazy, as every woman out there deserves a choice and no family deserves to be torn apart!”
The petition is at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209904
PICTURED: Andy Grieff-Liggins and Michelle Armstrong.