Our Community Fundraiser Jess explains why the funds you raise from your Walk In Her Name are so important.
Ovarian cancer is the UK’s most deadly gynaecological disease and a recent report ranks UK ovarian cancer survival rates 45th out of 59 countries across the globe. This simply isn’t good enough, which is why it's more important than ever that we are funding research that saves lives.
By holding your own Walk In Her Name you will be helping us to fund important scientific research being carried out at the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre and by Professor Ahmed at Oxford University. You will also be helping us to spread awareness of the disease and its symptoms. Over the last year alone your donations have helped us raise awareness amongst 775 GPs.
Last year £58,000 was raised by our walkers to help fund research conducted by Professor Ahmed and his team at the University of Oxford’s Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. These scientists are working on the early detection of ovarian cancer, and they have already made an exciting discovery that could lead to the development of a screening tool. They've found that levels of a protein called SOX2 are much higher in women with ovarian cancer. They're re also higher in some people who are at risk of developing the disease, such as those with inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Developing a test for the presence of SOX2 could prevent ovarian cancer before it takes hold, saving thousands of lives.
Money raised also goes towards research at The Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre, which was founded in 2006 and is now home to 70 scientists. Led by Professor Iain McNeish, the team is made up of purely lab-based scientists, and clinician scientists who both treat patients and run laboratory research. The work done there focuses on four main areas: tumour development and progression; risk and prevention; precision medicine, and drug resistance. By attacking the issue at every level, our scientists believe we can tackle and ultimately defeat ovarian cancer.
Will you join us in our mission to make this possible?
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