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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Thursday 30 April 2015

Target Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Action, Ovacome and The Eve Appeal have united to call for people across the UK to pledge their support for World Ovarian Cancer Day, on Friday 8 May 2015.

“Target Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Action, Ovacome and The Eve Appeal are proud to support World Ovarian Cancer Day and celebrate women’s health around the world” said the chief executives of the four UK ovarian cancer charities (pictured above with charity supporters) in a joint statement. “7,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and almost a third face delays of up to six months before a correct diagnosis is made. Working together to raise awareness about this often unrecognised cancer is essential to improving early diagnosis.”

This year, World Ovarian Cancer Day will celebrate the natural bond women have with each other, encouraging people to send in photos of bonding moments and to sign the awareness pledge on the website to spread the word about ovarian cancer for the third annual World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May.

Ovarian cancer is responsible for 4,300 deaths annually in the UK, which equates to 12 women losing their lives each day. Just 3 per cent of women in the UK feel very confident at spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer and UK survival rates are currently amongst the lowest in Europe. Statistics show that just 43 per cent of women in the UK with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years, however if diagnosed at the earliest stage, up to 90 per cent of women would survive five years or more.

World Ovarian Cancer Day has become a global movement in three short years. This year we celebrate the voice of women in making a difference as we unite and speak with one voice to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Globally, rejoicing on our unique bond, we will ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.

Please join us by signing the pledge form and submitting your photos and videos of your unique bonding moments.

 

Download our full World Ovarian Cancer Day press release.