Scotland: the focus of support for women with ovarian cancer

Author: Target Ovarian Cancer

Date: AUG 2014

Charity Target Ovarian Cancer is announcing a programme of work in Scotland this autumn, to support women with ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the disease.

Each year, 615 women in Scotland are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The programme of work will include events for women with ovarian cancer, their family and friends; work targeted at health professionals to increase early diagnosis; and an event to raise awareness of symptoms with the general public.Charity Target Ovarian Cancer is announcing a programme of work in Scotland this autumn, to support women with ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the disease.

Each year, 615 women in Scotland are diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer's Chief Executive, Annwen Jones, said “As with all cancers, early detection and treatment are key to survival. It is essential that women in Scotland, and their families, are given every opportunity to survive ovarian cancer. We have been working in Scotland with a very committed group of supporters for some time, and our programme this autumn is an opportunity to get the message out there as widely as possible.”

Specific events taking place include:

Target Ovarian Cancer's Being Together day – for women living with or beyond ovarian cancer, 4 September, Glasgow

Women living with or beyond ovarian cancer are invited to join Target Ovarian Cancer, local health specialists and ovarian cancer experts in Glasgow for a Being Together day on Thursday 4 September. It's a unique opportunity for women, along with their friends and family, to meet others in a similar situation, share advice and be informed about the latest developments in the field. For many women that attend Being Together days, it is the first time they meet other women with the disease.

Supporting GPs in Scotland, 4 September, Glasgow

Women with ovarian cancer, GPs, ovarian cancer experts and policymakers have been invited to attend an event supporting GPs in diagnosing the disease more quickly on Thursday 4 September.

The charity will also be distributing essential resources to GPs across Scotland to improve early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, including specially developed pens that flag the symptoms of ovarian cancer as per the SIGN guidance, and information about its free-to-access online education tools for GPs.

Walk for One Million – taking steps to beat ovarian cancer, 4 October, Falkirk

Everyone is invited to take steps to beat ovarian cancer as Target Ovarian Cancer brings its flagship fundraising event, Walk for One Million, to Scotland for the first time. The 10km walk is on Saturday 4 October 2014 at Callendar House in Falkirk, and is supported by Best and Prima magazines. Together they hope to make one million women aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and encourage people to raise sponsorship money to fund the charity's vital work.

Claire Banks from Greenock is taking part in Walk for One Million in memory of her mum who died of ovarian cancer. She said, “We'd never known anyone with ovarian cancer before mum was diagnosed. I'm really excited that Scotland will host all these events. Anyone can get involved and help improve early diagnosis and raise vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer. I want all women, like my mum, to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and get herself to her GP quickly.”

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