Only 3 per cent of women are very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer, so we urgently need to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every March, is a vital part of our work to raise awareness, save lives and help women with ovarian cancer live their lives to the full.
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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in 2014
In 2014, we challenged our supporters to tell 50 people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise at least £50 for Target Ovarian Cancer. One in 50 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, so giving out 50 leaflets could help one woman to spot the symptoms and get an earlier diagnosis.
Our amazing supporters organised over 500 events including swimathons, coffee mornings, tea parties, cake sales and awareness stands all over the country. We’ve raised tens of thousands of pounds already, and money is still coming in! If you've not got your fundraising efforts into us already, you can still do so.
Fundraising and raising awareness
Ursula was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, when she was 31 years old. By March 2012 she was in follow-up treatment. Two years later she is taking on an epic walk around Wales to fundraise and raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.
“For the next three years of follow-up treatment I'll be attending regular hospital appointments. So I’ve started “One Woman Walks Wales” to make my life a little wilder again, raise money for charity and let more people know about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Starting in Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, in March 2014 I will walk from my home in Machynlleth to a hospital appointment in Bristol then, during the six months before the next appointment I'll walk around, through, in, under and over Wales, in all its wonderful variation before returning to Bristol.”
Sue went to her GP centre and asked them to put Target Ovarian Cancer’s symptoms awareness poster on their waiting room TV screens.
She says: “I want women to have the information and confidence to ask their GP about tests for ovarian cancer – they know their own body best, and they know deep down when something's not quite right. I also took the information for GPs into the surgery so that the health professionals may be more informed about ovarian cancer and more likely to recognise the symptoms and refer women as early as possible for the correct tests."