News & Blog

News & Blog

  • Your Stories

    08 December 2017

    Maureen Powell

    Maureen was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer last year, aged 50. It has not been an easy journey but after taking part in a clinical trial, she is now in remission and intends to make the most of life.
    Maureen Powell
  • News

    07 December 2017

    Britain Against Cancer Conference

    The annual Britain Against Cancer conference is a day that brings around 400 people together for the biggest day in the Parliamentary calendar focused on cancer. Yesterday our Head of Campaigns, Marie-Claire, headed to Westminster to talk all things ovarian cancer:
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  • Blog

    01 December 2017

    Box2Beat Cancer: Teresa's story

    Elite Piloxing Instructor Teresa Malins held a three-hour Box2Beat Cancer event in Beckenham, raising more than £12,500 for Ovarian Cancer Action! She shares her reasons for hosting the event and what made it such a success
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  • Your Stories

    29 November 2017

    Jo Blankley

    Jo Blankley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 29. Eight years on from her diagnosis, she shares her story to encourage other women to listen to their bodies and to act on anything that doesn't feel right...
    Jo Blankley
  • Blog

    23 November 2017

    Why I'm taking part in Walk in Her Name 2018

    Last year, Gill Campbell decided to hold her Walk in Her Name in memory of her twin sister, Wendy Taylor, who sadly passed away in October 2015. She shares her experience...
    Gill Campbell collage
  • Blog

    22 November 2017

    "I’ve learnt to cherish every moment with my family"

    After losing her cousin to ovarian cancer, Christina underwent genetic testing and found out that she carries the BRCA 1 gene mutation. Being BRCA+ greatly increases her risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. Empowered with this knowledge, Christina was able to take action with preventative surgeries to ensure that she is around for her children for many more Christmases to come…
    Christina family
  • Blog

    17 November 2017

    "This challenge for Ovarian Cancer Action has given me wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime"

    Our Great Wall of China Trek is a fantastic charity challenge, involving a five day hike along this magnificent man-made structure. Julie tells us about her experience and why she decided to fundraise for Ovarian Cancer Action
    Great Wall China
  • Blog

    16 November 2017

    "I am determined to see this treatment as a precious gift of life"

    In the general population, around 1 in every 400 to 1 in every 800 people carry a BRCA1/2 gene mutation. This figure is, however, significantly higher for people from an Ashkenazi Jewish background, like Stefanie, where it rises to 1 in 40. After losing her mum to ovarian cancer in 2015 and discovering that she too is BRCA positive, Stefanie made the decision to go ahead with preventative surgery....
    Stef Daniels
  • Blog

    09 November 2017

    The Anvil: Living in fear of ovarian cancer

    After losing her mum to ovarian cancer and later being diagnosed with a BRCA1 gene mutation, Abbie McAdam lived her life plagued with anxiety that her own children would also be left without a mother. Now a year post-surgery, she reflects on the decision she made and the impact it has had on her life...
    Abbie collage
  • Your Stories

    08 November 2017

    Kim Gray

    Kim Gray was diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 ovarian cancer in Summer 2016. Now nine months post-chemo and still NED, (no evidence of disease), she hopes that sharing her story will give hope to other women who have just been diagnosed or are about to start their chemo or have surgery.
    Kim Gray
  • Blog

    07 November 2017

    Living with Lynch Syndrome

    23 years after her father's death, Suzie Lismore underwent genetic testing and discovered that both she and her brother have Lynch Syndrome; a genetic mutation that increases an individual's risk of certain types of cancer. Suzie now wishes to share her experience to raise the profile of this little-known hereditary condition and its potentially devastating consequences.
    Suzi dad
  • News

    19 October 2017

    Ovarian Cancer Action report reveals gaps in cancer prevention

    Our latest policy paper, Acting on BRCA: Breaking down barriers to save lives, reveals that the NHS is still missing the opportunity to use BRCA testing as an effective cancer prevention strategy, and women are dying as a result.
    Rosie Lapsley Acting on BRCA
  • News

    18 October 2017

    Introducing our new Research Centre Director, Professor Iain McNeish

    We are excited to announce the appointment of a new Director of our Research Centre, Professor Iain McNeish.
    Iain McNeish
  • Blog

    13 October 2017

    Faster diagnosis and treatment and better patient experience

    We spoke to Jo Simmons, Project Manager at the Chelsea & Westminster Oncology Clinic, about their nomination in the Cancer Nursing category. The team have been recognised for the vital work they are doing in the field of earlier diagnosis
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  • Blog

    09 October 2017

    "We need to look after our minds too"

    Ovarian cancer comes with many trials. Here Claudia talks about the psychological impact treatment had on her and why mental health needs to be taken seriously too.
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  • Blog

    09 October 2017

    Top tips for organising a charity ball

    Last month accountancy firm Raffingers held their first ever charity ball, raising an amazing £12,000 to be split between Ovarian Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer UK. Lauren Aston, Marketing Manager at Raffingers, tells us about the highs and lows of organising an event of this size and shares her advice for others planning a fundraising event…
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  • Blog

    06 October 2017

    Sex & Cancer

    If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be wondering how it will affect your sexuality and sex life. Guest blogger Emily Gunning from Live Better with Cancer has written a guide to help women feel more confident when navigating the often-tricky territory of sex following preventative surgery or a cancer diagnosis.
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  • News

    02 October 2017

    American Association for Cancer Research conference

    This week our CEO, Katherine Taylor, has been invited to Pittsburgh to speak at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on ovarian cancer.
    Chief executive Katherine Taylor
  • Your Stories

    28 September 2017

    Sara Le-Surf

    Like many women, Sara put caring for others above her own health concerns and it didn't occur to her that her abdominal pain could be a sign of cancer
    Sara
  • Your Stories

    27 September 2017

    Madeleine Hudson

    Madeleine Hudson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year. It took a long time for her to realise that her aches, pains and rapid weight gain couldn't simply be attributed to her age or diet...
    Madeleine Hudson