March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and this year our team have decided to get involved to raise money for the Ovacome Ovarian Cancer charity.
Each year in the UK 7,400 women are diagnosed with the disease, however the Covid-19 pandemic has made diagnosing harder than ever before. 9 out of 10 women survive ovarian cancer when diagnosed early, which is why it is essential that funding and support continue in order to ensure that the standard of care that they deserve is provided.
What we’re doing
Throughout the month of March, our clinical team are fundraising for Ovacome through a ‘bad pet portraits’ competition, where individuals can vote for their favourite picture through their donation.
Visit our JustGiving page to see the portraits and make a donation to this incredible charity.
Ovacome is the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer. This includes people who have either been diagnosed with the disease or think that they might be at risk, as well as their friends and family and healthcare professionals. We are a strong community of many thousands of people, all working together with the aim of reducing isolation, sharing information, promoting knowledge and supporting anyone affected by ovarian cancer.
The support services offered by Ovacome provide an opportunity those affected by the disease to get together and share their experiences, as well as receive personalised and expert support. All our services are free of charge and include:
- A telephone support line, 24 hour online forum, email support and instant chat service with trained support staff
- Support groups (previously face to face and currently operating online)
- Other online social activities for health and wellbeing such as our virtual choir, online exercise classes and craft sessions
- Webinars with leading clinicians in the field where people have a chance to ask questions
- Information booklets, resources, and a magazine, all packed with information that women with ovarian cancer need
Ovacome campaigns to help women and health professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and for high quality care and treatment to be available to all. We also run a highly successful UK Survivors Teaching Students programme, giving presentations and educating student nurses, doctors and specialists on signs, symptoms and experiences of women with ovarian cancer.