A BASINGSTOKE support group for women with an incurable illness is hosting a film night to raise awareness of the condition.

The Endometriosis UK Basingstoke group will be showing the documentary Endo What? on Monday, August 15 at 7.30pm at the Ark Conference Centre.

The feature documentary sets out to demystify endometriosis – a debilitating disease that affects at least one in 10 women globally.

In the film, world-renowned physicians, researchers and practitioners explore its history, believed causes, treatment options and coping mechanisms.

The makers of Endo What? say: “The film seeks to create order amid the complex data and conflicting opinions that inevitably accompany a puzzling disease that no one really knows what causes or how to cure.

“With a solid foundation of knowledge, the hope is that both women and the medical community are better equipped and empowered to finally end the vicious cycle of delayed diagnosis and ineffective treatment that needlessly destroys countless lives.”

The screening is open to anyone with an interest in finding out more about endometriosis.

Emily Brown, one of the Basingstoke support group leaders, said: “Whether you have endometriosis or would like to know more about the condition to support a friend or loved one, you are welcome.

“We also hope that those involved in the treatment or diagnosis of women with endometriosis will come along. It takes on average more than seven years for a women to be diagnosed, so clearly those in the medical profession need to be better informed to reduce this appalling delay.”

Following the hour-long documentary there will be an open discussion on its content.

Entry is £3 with proceeds going to the charity Endometriosis UK, which supports women suffering from the condition.

Those attending are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks, and there will also be pick and mix sweets available for a small donation.

To register your interest in attending please email endoukbasingstoke@gmail.com or send a message via the Faceboook group Endometriosis UK Basingstoke Support Group.