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"Cancer doesn't wait in line"

13 July 2022


Cancer doesn’t wait in line – so neither should you.

On this day two years ago, at the height of the pandemic, we shared the devastating news that cancer referrals had dropped by 75% due to COVID-19. 90% of women were unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and many were avoiding the GP due to fears around their safety, resulting in a risk of late diagnosis and therefore poorer survival rates.

With your help in raising awareness of what to look out for, and encouraging women experiencing symptoms to visit their GP, we’re thrilled to update you that referrals are now above pre-pandemic levels for many cancers with particularly high referrals in gynaecological cancers – above 115%! We know your incredible support has played a vital part in this, so thank you!

Whilst we’ve made amazing progress, we can’t stop there. Over 50% of women are diagnosed late so we still need your help to keep shouting about the disease and ensuring as many people as possible know the symptoms – saving even more lives.

Together, we can turn the tide and make ovarian cancer a survivable disease.

Help us raise awareness of ovarian cancer

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    Don't distance yourself

    Avoiding the doctor could cause 35,000 more people to die from cancer. If you are experiencing ovarian cancer symptoms your doctor wants to see you. Visit ovarian.org.uk/symptoms to find out more

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    Cancer doesn't wait in line

    Stomach pain, bloating, loss of appetite and frequent weeing are all symptoms of ovarian cancer. If you're experiencing anything unusual your doctor wants to see you. Visit ovarian.org.uk/symptoms to find out more