Runner helps cancer charity

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A doctor whose mum inspired her to run the London Marathon to raise awareness about ovarian cancer has so far raised £7,000.

Dr Victoria Barber, who is a GP at Parklands Surgery in Rushden, completed the run in five hours and 20 minutes.

She did it in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer and to raise awareness of a new early testing service to improve the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The cause is close to Dr Barber’s heart because her mother Val, of Geddington, was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer and has had courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the past three years.

Dr Barber said: “I’m delighted to have raised this much for such an important cause.

“Nationally, 6,500 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer, and of these, sadly 4,400 lose their lives every year.

“We need to ensure more women are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage to improve survival rates so I’m doing all I can to help raise awareness.”

There are between 50 and 60 cases diagnosed in Northamptonshire every year.

Of these, only 25 per cent are diagnosed in the earlier, more treatable stages. It is hoped a new blood test, launched in late 2011, will mean up to 50 per cent of diagnoses will be made in the earlier stages, potentially saving a further eight lives a year.

Symptoms can include persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, increased abdominal size or persistent bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms.