“Wow I did it!! Wonderfully I have surpassed my fundraising target (thank you) and now have a shaved head too.”
Dr Greg Miles, a GP in Sherborne for 35 years had his head shaved today. He promised to shave his head if he managed to fund raise £500 for TARGET OVARIAN CANCER and £500 for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Greg wanted to increase the understanding of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer in March, which was OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
Most women with ovarian cancer require several doses of IV chemotherapy, which has many side effects. One of the most obvious being loss of their hair.
“My fundraising effort was simple for me. I have now reached my target and have shaved my head.”
“Thank you to all of you, who have sponsored me to surpass my target.”
As of April 12th the hairdressers in England reopened. I had my appointment with my barber, Arran Tunnicliffe at JP’s in Cheap Street.
“My head has been shaved but my hair will grow back soon, whereas those women undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy will be hairless for months.”
There is still time to support Greg’s fund-raising effort by going online to: https://www.justgiving.com/team/gregmiles
OR send a cheque to the surgery, made out to GREG MILES (please mark the reverse with ovarian cancer month)
March is OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
41,000 women in UK have ovarian cancer
20 diagnosed per day
11 die per day
It is the SILENT KILLER; its symptoms can be so non-specific and nebulous.
I would like to:
• increase awareness of ovarian cancer
• raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support
• raise funds of TARGET OVARIAN CANCER
Symptoms of ovarian cancer:
Every year 7000 UK women face the devastating diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Many may have had symptoms for months but dismissed them as digestive problems or signs of the menopause or getting older.
IT IS THE SILENT KILLER
Most women are diagnosed when their cancer has spread, but if it had been caught earlier it could be easier to treat and have better results.
Knowing the signs and symptoms is vital
Know the B.E.A.T. acronym:
B is for bloating that is persistent and doesn’t come and go
E is for eating difficulty and feeling full more quickly
A is for abdominal and pelvic pain you feel most days
T is for toilet changes in urination or bowel habits
If you have any of these symptoms for no reason, or you get these symptoms regularly (especially more than 12 times a month), your GP should offer you cancer tests:
• a long-lasting bloated or swollen tummy
• loss of appetite
• feeling full quickly when you eat
• pain in the lower tummy area or back
• passing urine more often than usual
• passing urine more urgently (feeling like you can’t hold on).
Other ovarian cancer symptoms may include:
• a change in your normal bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation)
• weight gain or weight loss
• unexplained or extreme tiredness (fatigue)
• vaginal bleeding after your menopause
If you are 50 years or older and develop symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the first time, you should also have tests. IBS can cause bloating and changes in bowel habit, but it does not usually start after the age of 50.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a well-known charity. It’s website and links provide information and support to anyone diagnosed with cancer. From diagnosis, investigations, treatments and to support of you physically, emotionally, and financially
TARGET OVARIAN CANCER; the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. It works to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer
The distinctive medical research programme funds ovarian cancer-specific research across the UK. and funds innovative research that will benefit the largest proportion of women with ovarian cancer in the shortest timeframe.
-research to find a novel way to detect ovarian cancer by identifying tumour DNA fragments in the blood.
-There's currently no proven screening test for ovarian cancer and a complete diagnosis is only possible through investigative surgery.
-Improving treatment by steps to overcoming a significant problem in ovarian cancer treatment: resistance to chemotherapy drugs.