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    16 November 2017

    "I am determined to see this treatment as a precious gift of life"

    In the general population, around 1 in every 400 to 1 in every 800 people carry a BRCA1/2 gene mutation. This figure is, however, significantly higher for people from an Ashkenazi Jewish background, like Stefanie, where it rises to 1 in 40. After losing her mum to ovarian cancer in 2015 and discovering that she too is BRCA positive, Stefanie made the decision to go ahead with preventative surgery....
    Stef Daniels
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    09 November 2017

    The Anvil: Living in fear of ovarian cancer

    After losing her mum to ovarian cancer and later being diagnosed with a BRCA1 gene mutation, Abbie McAdam lived her life plagued with anxiety that her own children would also be left without a mother. Now a year post-surgery, she reflects on the decision she made and the impact it has had on her life...
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    07 November 2017

    Living with Lynch Syndrome

    23 years after her father's death, Suzie Lismore underwent genetic testing and discovered that both she and her brother have Lynch Syndrome; a genetic mutation that increases an individual's risk of certain types of cancer. Suzie now wishes to share her experience to raise the profile of this little-known hereditary condition and its potentially devastating consequences.
    Suzi dad
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    13 October 2017

    Faster diagnosis and treatment and better patient experience

    We spoke to Jo Simmons, Project Manager at the Chelsea & Westminster Oncology Clinic, about their nomination in the Cancer Nursing category. The team have been recognised for the vital work they are doing in the field of earlier diagnosis
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    09 October 2017

    "We need to look after our minds too"

    Ovarian cancer comes with many trials. Here Claudia talks about the psychological impact treatment had on her and why mental health needs to be taken seriously too.
    Claudia Gore2
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    09 October 2017

    Top tips for organising a charity ball

    Last month accountancy firm Raffingers held their first ever charity ball, raising an amazing £12,000 to be split between Ovarian Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer UK. Lauren Aston, Marketing Manager at Raffingers, tells us about the highs and lows of organising an event of this size and shares her advice for others planning a fundraising event…
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    06 October 2017

    Sex & Cancer

    If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be wondering how it will affect your sexuality and sex life. Guest blogger Emily Gunning from Live Better with Cancer has written a guide to help women feel more confident when navigating the often-tricky territory of sex following preventative surgery or a cancer diagnosis.
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    26 September 2017

    National Fitness Day 2017!

    Today is National Fitness Day, encouraging people to be more physically active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Studies have found that regular, weekly recreational physical activity may reduce the risk for, and improve survival from ovarian cancer.
    Exercise and fitness
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    14 September 2017

    Running for a future without ovarian cancer

    Everyone has their own reason behind taking part in a challenge event for Ovarian Cancer Action. As Drew reflects on his Great North Run experience, and Amanda gears up to take on the Royal Parks Half Marathon, both share their stories…
    Running
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    07 September 2017

    “The plan was to do something that reflects a fraction of the loneliness and fear that terminal cancer patients must go through.”

    On 3rd September, RAF man Ian Smith plunged into the cold depths of Loch Ness to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action, swimming an incredible 22 miles to complete the length of the loch.
    Ian Smith
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    01 September 2017

    September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

    Over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year, but awareness is very poor. September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), and our Health Projects Manager Ross Little shares some facts you might not know about ovarian and the other gynae cancers...
    Female reproductive system
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    31 August 2017

    "There’s still a lot we need to understand about what causes the disease"

    This month, in light of the court case against Johnson & Johnson, our CEO Katherine Taylor advises women who have used talc in the past not to panic, and looks again at the factors that have been proven to help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
    Chief executive Katherine Taylor
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    22 August 2017

    Ovarian cancer and talcum powder: Understanding your risk

    This week, a jury in California has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m (£323m) to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer as a result of decades of using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. Digital Communications Assistant Libby van den Bosch takes a closer look at the evidence...
    Talcum powder
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    08 August 2017

    “It was simply the most rewarding experience I’ve ever been involved in”

    This year Mike Wilson took on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, raising a fantastic £6,706 for Ovarian Cancer Action. Here he talks about the thrills (and spills) of the UK’s biggest cycling extravaganza, and how the memory of his Mum's determination kept him pedalling…
    Mike Wilson
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    08 August 2017

    "Familiarise yourselves with the symptoms and if you're in doubt whether you have any, see a doctor"

    Janet Watkins, 55, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer on March 31 this year. As she prepares for surgery, she reflects on her journey so far.
    Jan Watkins
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    07 August 2017

    "It has taken me nearly seven years to be able to talk more openly about it, but now I am more determined than ever to reach the £1000 mark"

    This September, supporter Drew Meakin is gearing up to take on the Great North Run. Here he talks training, fundraising and what motivated him to take on this challenge for Ovarian Cancer Action...
    Drew Meakin
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    03 August 2017

    BRCA risk factors: Making sense of the headlines

    Following a new study on risks for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, Jo Stanford, our Cancer Prevention Officer, breaks down the main findings to examine what the research means for BRCA+ women making health decisions today.
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    03 August 2017

    "We all love our annual golfing get-together to share memories of our dear friends"

    Steph was an active 59 year old golfer when she died five years ago of a sudden heart attack. In the years since her death, Steph's friends and family have continued to raise money for charity and to pay tribute to their dearly missed friend with an annual golf tournament...
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    31 July 2017

    "A holiday is the chance to rest mentally and physically"

    The school holidays are in full swing and many of us are heading off on holiday. Whether you're at home or abroad, our Chief Executive Katherine Taylor ruminates on the importance of taking a break from the everyday and finding some head space.
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    28 July 2017

    Why do we fund medical research?

    We know that ovarian cancer is deadly. That it takes the lives of too many women. And we’re on a mission to stop these women dying before their time. At the heart of this mission is the real action we’re taking. Libby van den Bosch examines how the research we fund is making a real difference to the lives of women.
    Scientists