• 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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  • Blog

    30 November 2017

    "The hardest part for me was talking to my children about the BRCA mutation"

    Emma Noon shares her story, from finding out she has a BRCA gene mutation to the preventative surgery that followed.
    Emma Noon ovarian cancer action blog post
  • 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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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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    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.
    Claudia Gore2
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    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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    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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  • Blog

    26 September 2017

    National Fitness Day 2017!

    Today is National Fitness Day, encouraging people to be more physically active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Studies have found that regular, weekly recreational physical activity may reduce the risk for, and improve survival from ovarian cancer.
    Exercise and fitness
  • Blog

    14 September 2017

    Running for a future without ovarian cancer

    Everyone has their own reason behind taking part in a challenge event for Ovarian Cancer Action. As Drew reflects on his Great North Run experience, and Amanda gears up to take on the Royal Parks Half Marathon, both share their stories…
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    07 September 2017

    “The plan was to do something that reflects a fraction of the loneliness and fear that terminal cancer patients must go through.”

    On 3rd September, RAF man Ian Smith plunged into the cold depths of Loch Ness to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action, swimming an incredible 22 miles to complete the length of the loch.
    Ian Smith
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    01 September 2017

    September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

    Over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year, but awareness is very poor. September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), and our Health Projects Manager Ross Little shares some facts you might not know about ovarian and the other gynae cancers...
    Female reproductive system
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    31 August 2017

    "There’s still a lot we need to understand about what causes the disease"

    This month, in light of the court case against Johnson & Johnson, our CEO Katherine Taylor advises women who have used talc in the past not to panic, and looks again at the factors that have been proven to help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
    Chief executive Katherine Taylor
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    22 August 2017

    Ovarian cancer and talcum powder: Understanding your risk

    This week, a jury in California has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m (£323m) to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer as a result of decades of using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. Digital Communications Assistant Libby van den Bosch takes a closer look at the evidence...
    Talcum powder
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    08 August 2017

    “It was simply the most rewarding experience I’ve ever been involved in”

    This year Mike Wilson took on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, raising a fantastic £6,706 for Ovarian Cancer Action. Here he talks about the thrills (and spills) of the UK’s biggest cycling extravaganza, and how the memory of his Mum's determination kept him pedalling…
    Mike Wilson
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    08 August 2017

    "Familiarise yourselves with the symptoms and if you're in doubt whether you have any, see a doctor"

    Janet Watkins, 55, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer on March 31 this year. As she prepares for surgery, she reflects on her journey so far.
    Jan Watkins