Nineteen years are stolen from a woman who dies of ovarian cancer in the UK. Almost two decades of missed anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and graduations. The countless hugs and cups of tea.
Symptoms such as bloating, loss of appetite, needing to wee more frequently and stomach pain present when cancer has advanced and a woman’s chance of survival has already dropped.
Ovarian Cancer Action has launched its ‘Stolen Moments’ campaign to highlight the devastating effect of ovarian cancer, raise awareness of its symptoms and launch a £1million fundraising campaign dedicated to early detection of the disease.
Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive at Ovarian Cancer Action says, “There is currently no screening tool for ovarian cancer and we want to change that. Our scientists want to develop a screening tool that will detect pre-cancerous cells that can be treated before they develop into ovarian cancer.”
Ovarian Cancer Action http://ovarian.org.uk/ovarian-cancer/ hopes that developing a screening tool will replicate the success of cervical screening, which has almost halved the number of cervical cancer cases in Great Britain since it was first implemented in the 1980s.
We can’t give back their #StolenMoments but you can help us catch the thief.