Who are Ovarian Cancer Action's Voices?
Our Voices are women and men whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer in some way. They may have been directly affected by the disease themselves, or it may be a loved one who is affected. But whether they are 18 or 80, from Aberdeen or from Andover, our Voices share one common objective – to take action and seek a better future for everyone affected by the disease.
If you or someone you love has been affected by ovarian cancer, you can use your voice to make a difference.
Our Voice Paula Cann says...
“Once my hysterectomy and chemotherapy were over, I decided that I’d like to do something to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer and its symptoms. Early detection saved my life and I knew it could do the same for others.
I began by sharing my story on the website, as reading other people's stories really helped me to see that I wasn't alone and that there can be life after ovarian cancer! Following that, I worked with the team at OCA to share my story; I made the front page of my local paper and a few days later I received a note from a woman who went to the GP after experiencing symptoms similar to mine.
I recently attended a GP Conference and helped to give out information packs and speak to doctors about my symptoms before diagnosis. Ovarian Cancer Action also sent me some leaflets and I took them into my workplace to share amongst the staff.
I’m really enjoying being a Voice for OCA and I’m able to fit it in around my job. OCA never puts any pressure on you – you do what you can and every little helps!”
What do Ovarian Cancer Action’s Voices do?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved, and you can do as much or as little as you’d like. Help us:
Spread the word
- Help us raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. With no national screening programme, it’s vital that every woman knows the signs and symptoms to look out for. Handing out awareness materials, sharing information on social media or holding awareness talks are just some of the ways you can do this.
- Share your story on our website. Personal stories provide comfort and courage to others whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer. You can read these stories here.
- Tell your story in the media. By sharing what we do in the national and regional press we are able to reach more people. We rely on our Voices sharing their personal experiences to engage readers and help bring our cause to life. A recent example is Amy Allen, who shared her story in the Huffington Post, The Sun and The Daily Mail.
Influence and inform our work
- Become a patient representative. New and better treatments and services become available because people take part in research. Patients are well-placed to advise on what research should be funded and to help design research studies.
- Help us create the best materials. We want to ensure that the information we are giving is as up-to-date, accessible and relevant as possible. If you have any ideas about how we can improve, or any other information you would like to see on our website, we’d love to hear your feedback.
You will also be able to join our Voices Facebook group: a safe place for our community to speak about whatever is on their mind - whether that’s surgery, side-effects or support groups - and to know it will be met with acceptance and understanding.
Would you like to get involved? To become a Voice, register today: