News & Blog

News & Blog

  • News

    04 May 2018

    World Ovarian Cancer Day 2018: 7,400 roses

    Tuesday 8th May is World Ovarian Cancer Day and we’re joining forces with ovarian cancer communities from around the globe to raise awareness of the disease and highlight the need to fund research.
    White rose symptoms
  • Blog

    03 May 2018

    "Getting back to fitness has not been easy but I'm determined that I'll conquer this ride"

    This time last year Rosie couldn't walk 1km without a rest, yet alone contemplate riding her bike, as she was just completing six cycles of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Now she is gearing up to take on Ride the Night for Women V Cancer.
    Rosie Lapsley RIde the Night
  • Blog

    25 April 2018

    "Running a marathon is a fitting tribute to my strong, courageous mum"

    Helen Witter ran the Manchester marathon on 8th April this year aged 61. It is the third time she has competed in the event. She tells us about her experience.
    Helen Witter
  • Blog

    13 April 2018

    OCAM 2018: We couldn't have done it without you!

    March has come to an end and what a month it has been! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for taking action to help us get closer to our goal to raise £1 million to fund an ovarian cancer screening tool. Read on for some of our Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month highlights...
    WIHN Barry
  • Blog

    02 April 2018

    Running for friendship: the road to the London Marathon

    Liz is running the London Marathon this April as part of #TeamOCA. Undeterred by the recent snow, she tells us about her motivation behind running and fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Action
    Liz snowy run
  • Blog

    29 March 2018

    "My wife, daughters and I decided that we should be open and honest with one another"

    Paramjit’s wife Ravi was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, eventually losing her battle in May 2017. He shares his story to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection and to encourage women to be persistent with their GP if they are experiencing symptoms.
    Parmajit
  • Blog

    26 March 2018

    "If we are to make a major difference in our fight against ovarian cancer we must develop a screening tool"

    We created our Stolen Moments campaign with the aim of raising £1 million to fund research into a screening tool. Your generous support is helping fund work by Professor Ahmed Ahmed's team at University of Oxford. We spoke to him about his vital research into early detection and the discoveries his team have made so far.
    Professor Ahmed lab
  • Your Stories

    20 March 2018

    Rob Dawson

    Rob wrote the following blog post in July last year, three days before he lost his mum, Carole, to ovarian cancer. While her loss has been devastating, Rob has tried to channel his energy into fundraising for our research projects, paying tribute to the amazing woman who always supported him and let him be himself.
    Rob Dawson collage
  • Blog

    08 March 2018

    Let's #PressforProgress in ovarian cancer survival

    On International Women’s Day, Marie Claire Platt, our Head of Operations and Campaigns, tells us why we need to #PressforProgress in ovarian cancer survival.
    Adele quote
  • Blog

    08 March 2018

    Celebrating inspirational women!

    It's International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating the women who inspire us. These ladies are just some of so many who have gone above and beyond to create a better future for thousands of women affected by ovarian cancer. Thank you to everyone for your support — we truly couldn't do what we do without you.
    IWD collage
  • Your Stories

    06 March 2018

    Darren Halmshaw

    Darren lost his wife, Pamela, in October 2016 after a ten-year fight with ovarian cancer. He shares his story.
    Darren Halmshaw colour
  • Your Stories

    05 March 2018

    Bev Poulton

    Bev, from Porthcawl, Wales, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She tells us about her diagnosis, treatment and the importance of taking one day at a time
    Bev P collage
  • Your Stories

    02 March 2018

    Florence Wilks

    Florence was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2010 and has undergone several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy and extensive surgery over the past eight years. She reflects on the moments that have been stolen from her, as well as the importance of finding joy, even in the hardest times.
    Florence colour
  • Blog

    01 March 2018

    I'm a BRCA-carrier — should I have a hysterectomy?

    A topic that comes up regularly amongst BRCA mutation carriers is whether it is necessary to have a full hysterectomy at the same time as having their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. To get an expert view, we asked Mr Adam Rosenthal, Consultant Gynaecologist, UCLH to clear up the confusion.
    Adam Rosenthal collage
  • Blog

    28 February 2018

    Ovarian Cancer Action launch 'Stolen Moments' campaign

    March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and this year we have launched our Stolen Moments campaign, which aims to raise £1million to fund research into an ovarian cancer screening tool.
    Stolen Moments Ovarian Cancer Action Fiona
  • Your Stories

    26 February 2018

    Jo Stanford

    OCA Cancer Prevention Officer Jo is our resident expert on all BRCA-related issues. She shares the pain of losing her beloved Mum to ovarian cancer and how genetic testing has enabled her to take control of her own future.
    Jo Stanford colour
  • Blog

    26 February 2018

    Let's talk menopause

    Menopause can be scary and bewildering. It’s a step into the unknown and especially so if you step into it far earlier than you’re meant to. Laura is slowly adjusting to the menopause and learning to deal with the symptoms and what it means to go through menopause as a young woman. Here she shares some of the things that have helped her on her journey so far.
    Laura menopause collage
  • Blog

    25 February 2018

    Where will my Walk In Her Name fundraising go?

    Our Community Fundraiser Jess explains why the funds you raise from your Walk In Her Name are so important.
    OCA Research Centre Scientists
  • Blog

    20 February 2018

    "This year’s walk is of special significance as it would have been Aleasha's 40th Birthday"

    Rob Coan and his sons are currently preparing for their fourth Walk In Her Name event since he lost his wife Aleasha in January 2015 at the age of 36. He explains why the walk is so important to him and his family...
    Rob Coan sons
  • News

    16 February 2018

    Study reveals new genetic mutation passed on by men that increases risk of ovarian cancer

    A study published today in PLoS Genetics has uncovered a new genetic mutation that fathers can pass onto their daughters through the X chromosome.
    DNA BRCA