What are we campaigning for?
The earlier a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the greater her chance of survival. But 1 in 5 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already too ill to receive any treatment.
Awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer is vital so more women feel empowered to go to their GP as soon as they notice something is wrong. But Target Ovarian Cancer research has found that too few women know the symptoms to look out for.
What needs to change?
We need national awareness campaigns that include the symptoms of ovarian cancer in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so that every woman has the best possible chance of survival.
What has happened so far?
- England: We have seen an ovarian cancer local and regional pilot as part of Be Clear on Cancer, a government-funded campaign that aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to see their GP early. Ovarian cancer has also been included in an abdominal symptoms campaign pilot in the Midlands.
- Northern Ireland: The Public Health Agency ran an ovarian cancer awareness initiative. They also launched Be Cancer Aware to raise awareness of all cancers, although there has yet to be an ovarian cancer-specific campaign.
- Scotland: The Detect Cancer Early symptoms awareness-raising programme has featured ovarian cancer as part of the #MySurvivor campaign but has not been the focus on any standalone activity.
- Wales: To date there has been no specific activity on ovarian cancer. But in 2017 the Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee produced a report calling for a public-facing ovarian cancer awareness in Wales.