About Target Ovarian Cancer


Target Ovarian Cancer is the national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they are in the UK.

We do this by:

  • Improving early diagnosis
  • Finding new treatments
  • Providing support for women

We do this because:

  • There is an urgent need to secure progress.
  • 7000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and sadly 4,300 women lose their lives each year.
  • The UK has amongst the lowest ovarian cancer survival rates in Europe.
  • There have been no new life-extending treatments in over 20 years.
  • If we were able to achieve in ovarian cancer what has been achieved in breast cancer in the last 20 years, over 3,000 women would survive each year.

Our work is distinctive because:

  • We have a programme of work across the UK
  • We reach out directly to women, researchers and health professionals
  • We tackle the three biggest barriers to progress - late diagnosis, no new treatments, and the isolation so often felt by women with ovarian cancer

We invest in:

  • Improving early diagnosis through training women and GPs, and campaigning for a nationally-led programme to improve symptoms awareness
  • Directly funding national research into new treatments for ovarian cancer
  • Running a national support programme for all women affected by ovarian cancer, via events, publications and information.


2012 GSK IMPACT Awards overall winner logo

Overall winner of the GSK IMPACT Award 2012, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, for outstanding contribution to improving health.