Running doctor highlights cause

A DOCTOR who took part in the London Marathon to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and encourage local women to get tested early has raised £7,000 so far.

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

Dr Barber decided to do the event with two aims - to raise money for the Target Ovarian Cancer charity, and to raise awareness of a new early testing service to improve the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer among women in Northamptonshire.

The blood test, known as Cancer Antigen 125 (CA-125) is recommended for use by GPs in the assessment of patients with frequent abdominal or urinary symptoms that might indicate ovarian disease.

The cause is also very close to Dr Barber’s heart because her mother Val Barber, of Geddington, was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer in 1998 and has had courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the past three years.

Ovarian cancer symptoms include persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, increased abdominal size/persistent bloating but not bloating that comes and goes, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms.

More information on Target Ovarian Cancer is available at

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