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World Ovarian Cancer Day 2020

30 April 2020

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Today we are delighted to launch Ovarian Cancer Action’s third white rose campaign for World Ovarian Cancer Day, one with a creative twist. 

World Ovarian Cancer Day is 8th May. A day where we raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms through a symbol of hope: a white rose. For the last two years, we have marked World Ovarian Cancer Day by joining forces with our supporters to hand out thousands of white roses with symptoms cards attached in cities across the UK. We may not be able to take to the streets this year but we won’t let that stop us. 

For the month of May we’re asking everybody to create and share their own white rose with the symptoms of ovarian cancer to raise awareness, and add a photo of their creation to our gallery to be part of the UK’s largest rose garden.  

People can craft a rose however they like - by painting, baking, knitting, or using origami. Our rose craft pack is free to download for some extra inspiration. Once the rose is created, an image can be uploaded to our virtual rose garden - from where you can also click to share your creation alongside the symptoms of ovarian cancer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #OCARoseGarden, and donate.

Symptoms awareness and early diagnosis is as important now as it’s ever been. The current reality is that one woman dies from ovarian cancer every two hours in the UK, yet 90% of women don’t know the symptoms. What’s more, fewer people have been going to their GPs than usual and there’s been a sharp decline in the number of diagnoses over the past six weeks, due to COVID-19. But cancer doesn’t stop just because we’re in a coronavirus pandemic.  

Together we hope to reach women across the UK with the important message that symptoms awareness remains vital, and their GPs’ doors remain open. By creating a rose and sharing the symptoms, people can help us spread the word. 

Download your free rose craft pack to help us spread the word and, if you can, donateEvery rose you share and donation you make helps us to fund research and raise awareness. Help us change the future for the women we love. Thank you for your support.