Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2021

From 1st March – 31st March

 This March, there’s so many steps you can take to help us get there.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we’re highlighting the inequalities that thousands of women with ovarian cancer face to ensure women receive the best care regardless of age, location or ethnicity. We’re driven to reach a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer. 

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These can also be symptoms of other, less serious, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome so if you’re experiencing them it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer.  To find out more download our booklet: Ovarian Cancer: what you need to know.

Ovarian cancer symptoms might also include: back pain, changes in bowel habits (going more often or a lot less), and extreme tiredness for no obvious reason.

It is worth noting that unlike cervical, bowel and breast cancers, there is still no reliable, effective screening method for ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Action is hoping to change this through funding research into the development of the world’s first ovarian cancer screening tool. Find out more about this research

If your symptoms are:

  • Persistent
  • Severe
  • Frequent
  • Out of the ordinary

You should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. Keep a record of what symptoms you are experiencing to have your notes to hand when you speak to your doctor. This will help your GP make a speedier diagnosis. You can download our paper symptoms diary or search ‘Ovarian Cancer Action’ in your phone’s app store for a digital version.

Norva’s Uplifting Cancer Story – Cancer Research UK
Ovarian Cancer Action : Home

For useful resources please see Ovarian Cancer Action

Jobs with OVACOME | CharityJob

For useful resources please see Ovacome

Charity Skydive in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer

For useful resources please see Target Ovarian Cancer

Local Support:

Due to COVID 19 this may be offered by phone or virtually.

Life doesn’t stop just because you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Seeing friends, supporting family, and finding a way to pay the bills are still important, even if you’re living with a terminal diagnosis. You may have cancer, but you are still you, with a life to lead, friends to see, family who need you and people to love. Because life with cancer is still life, and we will help you live it.

Let’s Talk Hope

Practical help and support groups

Let’s talk Hope provides support to people who have had cancer or survived cancer, as well as their families and friends in a relaxed and friendly environment, support will be delivered by our purposely trained team. Our group meets on the last Saturday of each month between 10.30 – 12.30pm at Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Sreett, West Bromwich B70 9SJ. We also have a Facebook page, Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell

Group supports everybody.

We offer:

  • Befriending
  • Cancer information materials
  • Cancer information materials in other languages
  • Counselling
  • Information
  • Internet use available
  • Support from Health Professionals
  • Written resources in other languages

Catchment area:

All of Sandwell

Ideal for all Cancer Support Group

Practical help and support groups

Our group meets on the last Thursday of each month Between1:30-3:00pm at the Independent Living Centre, 100 Oldbury Road, Smethwick, B66 1JE. The support group is about meeting people, share experiences on topics you wish to talk about, treatment, families, work, benefits, transport, and relationships. We also invite Health Professionals to the group for talks and information sharing depending on the Support Groups request.

Ideal for all Cancer Support Group supports everyone affected by all cancers.

We offer:

  • Befriending
  • Information
  • Internet use available
  • Provision for learning difficulties
  • Support from Health Professionals

The Sister’s Circle

Practical help and support groups

The group meets every 2 weeks at the Bangladeshi Women’s Association centre, Wellington Road, Tipton, DY4 8RS on Friday morning from 10.00 – 12.30. The Sisters Circle is made up of 10-15 ladies who meet and socialise to discuss and share their experiences around anxiety and depression and related health issues such as women’s health and cancer. We also have occasional speakers on different health-related issues.

Groups supports: Everyone

We offer:

  • Befriending
  • Cancer information materials
  • Cancer information materials in other languages
  • Information
  • Spoken interpretation service
  • Support from Health Professionals
  • Written resources in other languages