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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Highlights

31 March 2021

Thank you for your support throughout Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Year on year, March shines a spotlight on ovarian cancer and although we may be apart this year, this has only strengthened how we are united in our goal to reach a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer. We are so grateful to have you by our side this March and beyond. Thank you. 

Here’s a few of our highlights of what we've achieved together.  

  • March 2021 has marked the launch of our first equality report. We focused on the age inequalities that thousands of women with ovarian cancer face because we want to ensure women receive the best care regardless of age, location or ethnicity. As part of this report you met the wonderful Pamela, who took center stage and shared her story to help highlight the importance of an early diagnosis and effective treatment. Thank you Pamela. You can read her story here. If you haven't read it yet, our report is available to read here

  • Duri Mehmet is a founding member of our Next Generation Women's Collective and sadly lost her mum to ovarian cancer nine years ago. As she discovered that the disease runs in her family, Duri shared her genetic testing journey as part of BBC Two documentary DNA Family Secrets this March. With thanks to Duri, we had our highest monthly usage of our hereditary risk tool in March than any month before, since it was launched in 2018. If you'd like to understand more about your risk, use our hereditary risk tool here

  • This month you have been meeting our scientists and experts; the incredible people behind our vital ovarian cancer research. They’ve been giving you an insight into the amazing work they do via blogs, webinars and interviews. Stay tuned as we will continue to share updates on the incredible work they do that you help fund. 

  • The founding members of our Next Generation Women’s Collective have been busy this March. The collective launched in January and at only two months old has already been such a positive force. During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, these fantastic women have been using their networks to reach people far and wide, to support Ovarian Cancer Action. From featuring on BBC Two’s DNA Family Secret’s, hosting podcasts, to going above and beyond with their incredible fundraising feats, including selling beautiful bracelets and gorgeous gifts. These women are incredible and we’re grateful for all they do. We're excited to see what they have in store for the rest of the year, we’ll keep you updated! 

  • This March hundreds of our supporters across the UK joined our Walk in Her Name step challenge to help fund life-saving ovarian cancer research. Every day individuals and teams who took part in the challenge swept us off our feet with their dedication and energy. Within days of starting the challenge, they already exceeded their £29,500 goal and have ended the month almost trebling it. They have walked over 70 million steps, that’s over 30,000 miles and by doing so have raised over £85,000. Of course these two handsome step challengers and their bibs one of countless highlights of the month!