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  • Blog

    14 April 2023

    Can ovarian cysts be cancerous?

    You may have noticed there have been a few stories in the news about ovarian cancer being misdiagnosed as ovarian cysts recently. Ovarian cysts are common and are usually non-cancerous. We spoke to Dr Brooke Vandermolen, an Obstetrics and Gynaecology doctor, to find out more.

  • Blog

    31 January 2023

    Emma - A year in the life of a 23-year-old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer

    Emma Colledge is a 23 years old prison officer and instructor with the army cadets. Active and aware, with her whole life ahead of her. But in February 2022, she noticed she was bloated. And it started off a year that would change her life forever.

  • Blog

    20 January 2023

    Christine – ‘I gave myself about six months’

    Christine was all set to get married in June 2022. But the previous six months had been marred by weight loss, difficulty swallowing, sickness and urinary problems. And then two weeks before her wedding day, she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer aged 61. This is her story.

  • Blog

    19 January 2023

    Lottie – ‘My symptoms were put down to being poorly when pregnant’

    On the 4th January 2022, Lottie gave birth to a baby boy born at 29 weeks gestation. His premature birth was put down to her having multiple infections. Lottie had become unwell in pregnancy firstly with a kidney infection. She then discovered this was only the start.

  • Blog

    05 January 2023

    Showing the reality of ovarian cancer with a new campaign

    Did you know only 44% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive beyond five years? The odds are against women and we need you to take action.

  • Blog

    18 November 2022

    Dear Janey Godley,

    We can’t imagine what the last year must have been like. You’ve courageously shared so much about your diagnosis, coping with treatment, and the emotional side effects – the good and the bad, your hopes and your fears. 

    So, through all that and everything you’ve gone through, there’s one thing we want to make sure you know on this fateful anniversary.

    Thank you. 

  • Blog

    19 October 2022

    Tackling ovarian cancer inequalities – an update from our IMPROVE UK programme

    Earlier this year, we began our landmark IMPROVE UK programme to address inequalities of care across the UK for women with ovarian cancer. Our Head of Policy and Research, Marie-Claire Platt reflects on the progress and challenges we’ve encountered so far.

  • Blog

    03 October 2022

    Can a CA125 blood test be used as a screening tool for ovarian cancer?

    Can a CA125 blood test be used as a screening programme? Our blog uncovers more on why this isn't the case, but what research is on the horizon to lead to screening.

  • Blog

    28 September 2022

    I’m experiencing bloating - what should I do?

    We’ve all experienced bloating from time to time. However, persistent bloating is one of four symptoms of ovarian cancer we should look out for.

  • Blog

    20 September 2022

    Taking action together since 2005

    In 2005, women with ovarian cancer had no voice – the disease was considered a ‘silent killer’. Women had no guidelines to identify symptoms and there was little to no scientific research to spark hope that survival rates could improve. That’s why Ovarian Cancer Action was formed; to give women a much-needed platform for their voices to be heard, and to fund lifesaving awareness work and research projects.

  • Blog

    11 July 2019

    Will drinking fruit juice increase my risk of cancer?

    It has been reported this week that drinking sugary drinks - including fizzy drinks and fruit juice - may increase the risk of developing cancer.

  • Blog

    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.  

  • 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. 

  • Blog

    09 October 2017

    "We need to look after our minds too"

    Ovarian cancer comes with many trials. Here Claudia talks about the psychological impact treatment had on her and why mental health needs to be taken seriously too. 

  • Blog

    16 June 2017

    Is there a cancer prevention diet?

    We explore the link between a healthy diet and cancer prevention.

  • Blog

    20 April 2017

    "How my diet changed during chemotherapy"

    Many people suffer with nausea during chemotherapy, which is particularly frustrating when you are trying to increase your energy level and keep weight on. Ingrid Copperman shares the foods that she turns to during these times...

  • Blog

    03 April 2017

    Uncovering the truth about turmeric and ovarian cancer

    There have been many articles, stories and reports on social media suggesting that turmeric has been proven to prevent, treat and even cure ovarian cancer. 

  • Blog

    08 July 2016

    Does the oral contraceptive pill decrease your risk of ovarian cancer?

    We explore the research into the link between oral contraceptive pill and a decreased risk of ovarian cancer