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    11 December 2018

    "You never expect in your wildest dreams to be told that your child has cancer"

    A diagnosis of cancer is a family experience that changes the lives of all its members, bringing an immense amount of stress and many challenging situations. Pauline tells us about the impact her daughter Suzie's diagnosis had on their family and of their hopes for a better future for women like Suzie.
    Pauline Suzie
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    04 December 2018

    Law Society of Scotland Charity of the Year Partnership

    The Law Society of Scotland celebrated a successful charity of the year partnership with Ovarian Cancer Action at their offices in Edinburgh earlier this month, raising an incredible £8669 in memory of much-missed colleague Jeune Robertson, who sadly passed away from the disease last year.
    LawScot
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    28 November 2018

    "I was taking on the challenge not only for myself but for a better, healthier future for others like me"

    Suzie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017, aged 25. Determined not to let her diagnosis stop her from achieving big things, she has since gone on to run the London marathon and take part in Prudential RideLondon. She shares her experience and her advice for cyclists taking part in London to Oxford next May.
    Suzie Ride London2
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    21 November 2018

    Vote for Rosalind Franklin to be the face of the new £50 note

    The Bank of England has asked the public to nominate a scientist to be the new face of Britain’s £50 note. We’ve teamed up with Ovacome, Ovarian Cancer Action, Target Ovarian Cancer and The Eve Appeal to rally votes for the scientist Rosalind Franklin.
    Franklin
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    26 October 2018

    Ovarian cancer debate to take place in the House of Commons

    A debate on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment is going to take place in the House of Commons on 30th October 2018 at 9:30 am and we need your help to get as many MPs to attend as possible.
    Parliament
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    17 October 2018

    "The big question was whether we should test our kids"

    When Jon and his wife ordered an at-home DNA test, they were excited to learn more about their genetic makeup. However, what they weren't prepared for was to receive information about Jon's genetic cancer risk that would have implications for the whole family.
    Jon B
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    25 September 2018

    "Mum loved pink lipsticks and could never resist buying another shade"

    After losing her beloved mum Mary to ovarian cancer in 2009, Jackie Abbott decided to hold a fundraising event in her memory, inspired by Mary's love of pink lipstick! Now in its 7th year, Pink Night has raised over £5,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action. Jackie shares her story.
    Mary Maloney collage
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    14 September 2018

    "Their generous legacy will now enable research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease to continue moving forwards"

    After losing his wife Linda to ovarian cancer in 2017, Graham Atkinson made the decision to leave a gift to Ovarian Cancer Action in his will. The Atkinsons’ close friend and executor of their will, Jim Edwards, shares their story.
    Linda Atkinson
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    04 September 2018

    An important step forward

    An incredible 12,421 of you signed our petition to fund a clinical audit of ovarian cancer — thank you. Marie-Claire Platt, Head of Campaigns at Ovarian Cancer Action, discusses the government's response and what comes next.
    OCA government petition
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    09 August 2018

    The CA125 blood test: your questions answered

    A CA125 blood test should be requested if a doctor suspects a patient's symptoms could be caused by ovarian cancer.
    Blood test
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    07 August 2018

    Back to the lab, cycling training and old vans

    Professor Bob Brown's research focuses on epigenetics and drug resistance – why chemotherapy sometimes stops working for patients with ovarian cancer. Later this year his partner, Justine, will cycle 240 miles from London to Paris over 3 days for Women V Cancer, raising money for three women's cancer charities, including Ovarian Cancer Action. Bob provides an update on the highs and lows of training and his vital ovarian cancer research that Women V Cancer helps to fund.
    Flora van
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    27 July 2018

    Talcum powder: what's the story?

    After the latest round of pay-outs Johnson & Johnson have been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) to women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by using talcum powder. Ovarian Cancer Action investigates the facts behind this on-going legal case.
    Johnsons baby powder
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    19 July 2018

    Cannabis oil and ovarian cancer: the facts

    Using cannabis oil as a means to treat or cure cancer is a topic of much online debate and the internet is full of people claiming that it has effectively helped to cure their cancer. We take a closer look at the evidence behind these claims.
    Cannabis oil
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    18 July 2018

    Bloating: your questions answered

    People will describe bloating in slightly different ways, but usually, it is the uncomfortable feeling of tightness or distention around the abdomen. It might be accompanied by pain or the increased need to pass wind.
    Bloated
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    13 July 2018

    In the news: ovarian cancer and talcum powder

    Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay £3.6bn in damages to women who claim the company’s baby powder and other talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Our Chief Executive explains why today’s news is no cause for alarm.
    Talcum powder
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    10 July 2018

    The sky's the limit: Anika takes the leap for Ovarian Cancer Action

    This month, Anika Roob faced her fears and took part in a skydive for Ovarian Cancer Action. Ovarian cancer has had a devastating effect on Anika's family and she wanted to challenge herself and raise money to help fund research to protect future generations of women.
    Anika skydive
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    04 July 2018

    Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

    The National Health Service turns 70 on 5 July 2018. We wanted to take this opportunity to appreciate the vital role the service plays in the lives of women with ovarian cancer, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for them, day in, day out.
    NHS
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    04 July 2018

    "My story proves how important it is to have an understanding of your family history"

    Jess, 24, discovered she was BRCA2+ after her father was contacted by a relative who had tested positive. She describes the ups-and-downs of the past year, and why she now feels empowered by knowing her genetic status.
    Jess Martin2
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    18 June 2018

    "Before I was told I was BRCA positive, I had very limited knowledge of what it was"

    Andrea is 40, and mum to three girls. She recently discovered both she and her youngest daughter are BRCA2 positive.
    Andrea Baker
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    06 June 2018

    "Sarah was very lucky to have been diagnosed in the early stages"

    Andy’s wife Sarah was diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer in 2008. He shares their story to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection and to highlight why an ovarian cancer screening tool is so desperately needed.
    Andy Cheesman