Target Ovarian Cancer campaigners at parliament

On this page, you’ll find information on everything Target Ovarian Cancer is doing in the run up to the general election on 12 December 2019, including ways you can campaign with us to make sure that ovarian cancer is one of the top priorities for the new MPs elected to parliament.

Call on your parliamentary candidates to act on ovarian cancer

It’s vital ovarian cancer is a top priority for the new MPs elected to parliament. If you haven’t done already done so, please email your local candidates calling on them to do all they can to help improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.

The more emails we send, the more newly elected MPs will act on ovarian cancer.

Go to your local hustings event

Are you able to go along to a hustings event in your area and ask a question about ovarian cancer?

Hustings are events where candidates standing for election to parliament debate policies and answer questions from local voters.

Here are some questions you could ask candidates:

  • If elected to parliament, will the candidates do all they can to help improve diagnosis and treatment for women with ovarian cancer? 
  • If elected to parliament, what will the candidates do to raise awareness of ovarian cancer?
  • What will your party do to support people with less common cancers like ovarian cancer? 

You can find information on hustings events in your area by visiting whocanivotefor.co.uk and typing in your postcode. If there is not currently a hustings listed for your area, do check regularly as events will continue to be organised in the run up to the election.

If you plan on attending a hustings and would like some guidance, please email campaigns@targetovariancancer.org.uk. If you use Twitter, you could also take a picture whilst at the event and tweet us @TargetOvarian.

One Cancer Voice: A manifesto for people living with cancer 

Target Ovarian Cancer has collaborated with 28 other cancer charities to produce a manifesto for people with cancer.

The manifesto, called One Cancer Voice: A manifesto for people living with cancer, contains a series of policy recommendations for the next UK Government. Urgent action needs to be taken to improve cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care.

What should the next government do?

We campaign tirelessly to influence politicians and decision makers across the UK to transform the future for women with ovarian cancer. Here’s what we want to see from the next government:

  • An increase in awareness with publicly funded awareness campaigns in every corner of the UK that include the symptoms of ovarian cancer to ensure women know the signs and symptoms to look out for.
  • Action to ensure that women are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage, which should include the shortest diagnostic pathway possible, and GPs trained in the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
  • Every woman having access to the best treatment including universal access to world-class surgery by ensuring all women receive surgery at a specialist centre with an experienced surgeon.
  • The effective use of data to improve diagnosis and treatment, which must include government funded full-scale clinical audit of ovarian cancer mapping diagnostic and treatment pathways.

No matter the outcome of the general election on 12 December, we'll be working to ensure ovarian cancer is a top priority for the next government.