ovarian cancer can affect anyone

World Ovarian Cancer Day

8th May 2024

World Ovarian Cancer Day is an opportunity to connect with other ovarian cancer organisations and raise awareness of this important women’s health issue.

This year we are incredibly grateful to Michelle and Lisa who are the faces of our 2024 campaign..

These two women are sharing the message that ovarian cancer can affect anyone - and everyone need to pay attention to it.

Lisa Mestas is the face our of US campaign, continuing the advocacy efforts of her daughter Lexi who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2023. Lexi remains an incredibly important part of our community - she was fearless and passionate in fundraising and raising awareness for LGSOC - and Lisa is proud to continue her legacy.

Michelle is the face of our UK billboard campaign. Diagnosed with LGSOC in 2021, she is an inspirational woman who advocates for better outcomes for all people with ovarian cancer and is on the Board of Ovacome in the UK. 

About ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the least survivable gynaecological cancer, there is no screening programme for ovarian cancer.

You need to be aware of the symptoms and see your doctor to get a diagnosis.

Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal/pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Increased abdominal size/bloating
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Eating less and feeling fuller
  • Needing to urinate more often or urgently
  • Fatigue

    If you experience any of these symptoms for 2 weeks, you need to visit your doctor to get them checked.

    Our stories

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    Elsa

    Elsa lost her little sister Kristen to ovarian cancer. Read about Kristen's journey and the impact it has had on Elsa.
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    Gilly

    Gilly shares her experience living with low-grade serous carcinoma and the hidden side of living with an invisible disability.

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    Ellie

    Ellie shares how important it is to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to advocate for yourself by pushing for answers

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    The impact of ovarian cancer

    Every year over 300 000 people hear the words “you have ovarian cancer”. It could be your sister, your daughter, your mother, your partner... It could be you.

    It’s the least survivable gynaecological cancer, but it often misses out on the big campaigns, donations, and research grants. As with any type of cancer, earlier diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference, but our biggest challenge is that research to develop better diagnosis and treatments is severely underfunded.

    We want the next generation of women to know what to look for, and have better treatments and survival if they receive the news that they have ovarian cancer..

    Please share this important information with friends and family, so they also know what to look out for.

    We rely on donations to progress research and find a cure for this devastating disease.