MP joins TV star in health appeal

Mark Menzies and Denise Welch
Mark Menzies and Denise Welch
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A local MP has joined forces with the former landlady of one of Britain’s most famous television pubs in the ongoing battle against cancer.

Mark Menzies, the MP for Fylde, spoke with TV actress Denise Welch, who played Rovers Return landlady Natalie Horrocks in the soap Coronation Street, during a Parliamentary tea party for The Eve Appeal.

The charity was set up to campaign for better detection and improved treatment of all five types of gynaecological cancer.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “It was good to talk to Denise, who is passionate about improving cancer survival rates.

“I share her concerns in this area, and last week secured a commitment from the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons that the Government would continue to increase the availability of vital diagnostic testing for cancer.

“However, more can be done, and the Government must stay the course when it comes to supporting early diagnosis and treatment for cancer.”

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women, accounting for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together.

Every year, more than 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK – and every year 4,200 women die from the disease.

Research by The Eve Appeal found that, if diagnosed early, up to 90 per cent of women would survive for five years or more.