This March for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month we will be spreading the word about this dreadful disease, to raise awareness of the key signs and symptoms and to help prevent it in the first place.

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer amongst women in the UK with around 7,300 women being diagnosed each year. That’s 12 mothers, daughters, sisters, wives or partners each day. Here at The Eve Appeal we are determined to change these shocking statistics.

Meet Becky, one of our Eve Appeal supporters, who sadly lost her mum to ovarian cancer in 2016.

“It’s common, when girls are asked who their inspiration is, for them to say their mum. So I hope it’s not cliché, but my inspiration was my mum too.

Her name was Sarah. She went to A&E with a swollen abdomen and was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.

Amongst her many achievements she ran as parliamentary candidate for Dover and Deal in May 2015, despite of the disease. She was passionate about raising awareness and had a very clear message – one that I want to share with you.

Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease. Each year more than 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and most find out too late, like my mum. Late diagnosis is brutal and this is why prevention and early detection is so vital.

Ovarian cancer kills because of lack of awareness. It is not symptomless and early-stage diagnosis brings a good chance of surviving for more than five years. But currently most diagnoses are late stage, at a terrible cost to the women and their families.

Women, and their GPs, to easily brush off the symptoms – bloating, digestive changes and fatigue – as ‘normal for women’ or simply as signs of getting older.

Women like my mum are dying of a horrible disease because they did not take little signs seriously, or our GPs didn’t. I am determined to do my bit to change this, and now you’ve heard my mum’s story I hope you will too.” Becky Smith

This March we want to #makechangehappen so that women and their families no longer have to suffer from the devastating effects of ovarian cancer.

To do this, we fund research that we hope will have the greatest impact on saving women’s lives. We raise much-needed awareness of these cancers so that more women and men understand the signs and symptoms and feel comfortable having open conversations about gynae health. Alongside this, we also run a gynaecological cancer information service, Ask Eve, which offers information and support to women and their families on the five gynaecological cancers.

Together we can help to make a difference and #makechangehappen. Click the link below to make a donation today. Your support would be much appreciated.

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