Belfast City Councillors back drive on ovarian cancer
Don't let more women become a statistic like my wife, the husband of Una Crudden has urged Belfast City Council.
Felix Crudden and his daughter Lisa attended the July meeting of the council last night to plead for support for a new awareness campaign about ovarian cancer.
Brave Una died last December after battling the disease.
The west Belfast woman had spoken to hundreds of groups across Northern Ireland and did many media interviews to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease.
Mr Crudden told the council: "Una reached out to hundreds of women. If one woman could do that, just imagine how many could be reached with a TV and radio awareness campaign."
He was granted permission by the council to address members at the start of last night's monthly meeting.
He urged the council to write to Health Minister Simon Hamilton to demand a TV and radio campaign to raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
"A TV and radio campaign is necessary to prevent women dying needlessly of the disease," he told councillors.
"My late wife Una battled to raise awareness. We don't want one other woman or their families to go through what we went through. The best way to do this is through awareness.
"A very small percentage of women know the symptoms of ovarian cancer, by the time they are diagnosed it is too late. We need this now so no more wives, daughters, aunts or nieces become a statistic like Una.
"Cancer affects everyone."
SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon paid tribute to Mr Crudden for speaking with such passion and proposed that the council write to the Health Minister asking for the TV and radio campaign around ovarian cancer.
It was passed unanimously.