About Ovarian Cancer Action

Ovarian Cancer Action research

Don’t accept the status quo

A woman dies from ovarian cancer every two hours, yet the diagnosis and treatment lags behind high profile diseases like prostate or breast cancer. And we think this is unacceptable.

We’re Ovarian Cancer Action – a UK charity dedicated to beating the sixth most common cancer in women. We want to empower women, to give them a voice, and to create a better future for the thousands of mothers, partners, sisters, daughters and friends affected by this disease. We’re here to champion the cause and bring people together to overcome a disease that strikes at the heart of what it means to be a woman.

We fund research that saves lives by attacking the problem at every level; from developing better treatments so women with the disease can live longer, to developing a screening tool to ensure it is caught in its earliest stage. Screening programmes for cervical and bowel cancers have reduced cases significantly and we want to replicate that success. The Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre is the only facility of its kind in the UK and for ten years it’s been home to talented scientists from around the world. With your help we find and fund the innovators who can break this cancer.

We raise awareness. With no national screening programme and a low survival rate it’s vital that everyone is educated about the disease and its symptoms so cases can be identified early. Women diagnosed at stage 1 have a 90% survival rate compared to 19% at stage 3. From GP training to social media campaigns - we are always spreading the word!  

We campaign for change. We are committed to preventing hereditary ovarian cancer and continue to campaign to ensure that all women at high risk have access to genetic testing and information about how they can reduce their risk. Preventative options such as risk-reducing surgery and increased surveillance could prevent a potential 1,000 cases per year. 

Our mission is to stop women dying of ovarian cancer but we can’t do it alone. We mobilise people to take action, to spread the word, to tell their stories, and raise the vital funds we need to beat this disease once and for all.

We’re driven by a simple belief; we’re defined in life by our actions, not our words. Only action can move the world forward and change the outcome for thousands of lives. And we need your help.

Join us. Fight with us. Act Now.