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IMPROVE UK

Addressing health inequalities for women with ovarian cancer.

At Ovarian Cancer Action we believe all patients deserve access to the best treatment and care regardless of age, geography or background.

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IMPROVE UK is a groundbreaking project to tackle health inequalities for women with ovarian cancer. 

The background

In 2020, Ovarian Cancer Action secured over £1million from the Tampon Tax fund to launch a project to tackle systemic and regional health inequalities for women with ovarian cancer. 

The best survival rates in the UK match the highest in the world, and yet we currently have one of the poorest average 5yr survival rates in Europe. The Ovarian Cancer Audit Feasibility Pilot had shone a spotlight on the inequalities faced by women with ovarian cancer based on where they live, their age and ethnicity. Examples that were raised included:

The plan

IMPROVE UK is the first major project to address these inequalities and build an infrastructure to develop a legacy of best practice sharing up and down the country.  

We have now awarded the first grants for pilot projects that seek to address these inequalities directly in NHS Cancer Centres.  At the end of the project, the pilots will share their learnings with other Centres across the UK. 

Ultimately, this will improve survival rates and address inequalities in care for all women with ovarian cancer in the UK regardless of where they live, their age or ethnicity.

This project is supported by the British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS), the ovarian cancer patient support charity Ovacome and a dedicated Patient Advisory Group.  

Find out more about the seven pilot projects and what they're hoping to achieve