Ovarian Cancer Action is extremely proud to announce that A younger woman’s guide to ovarian cancer, produced together with Ovacome, Target Ovarian Cancer and The Eve Appeal has been highly commended in this year’s British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. It also came second in the long term conditions category.
Every year 1,000 women under the age of 50 are diagnosed. On top of dealing with the emotions of a cancer diagnosis and the physical effects of treatment, younger women often face additional challenges including the loss of fertility, facing an early menopause, and undergoing treatment whilst caring for young children.
These concerns are in addition to struggles faced by many cancer patients of all ages, such as caring for older relatives, keeping up a demanding job and coping with the financial burden a cancer diagnosis presents.
A younger woman’s guide to ovarian cancer provides crucial information, advice and signposting to help women through the emotional, physical and psychological impact.
It features advice and quotes from women who have experiences of living with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer at a younger age and it was written in consultation with health professionals with expertise in the impact of treatment.
Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive at Ovarian Cancer Action, said: "I'm thrilled that the guide has been recognised by the British Medical Association in this way. We wanted to empower younger women fighting ovarian cancer to make decisions about their care and treatment and to take action. It was a wonderful opportunity to work in collaboration with other charities to produce such a resource."
Sarah Unwin, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 40, features in the guide. She said: “I was delighted that the charities joined together to produce this much needed guide for younger women and we were happy to play a small part in its creation. I’m incredibly pleased that it has won this award and my hope is that every newly diagnosed younger woman is offered a copy.”