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Understanding Ovarian Cancer

Updated on January 25, 2013

Why should we learn more about ovarian cancer?

Back in 1983, when I was eleven, I lost my mum to ovarian cancer - the 'silent' cancer. She was just forty nine.

I've now hit the big 4-0, and there is still a huge void in my life where my mum should be. I felt I wanted to do something positive in her memory, and where better place to do that than on Squidoo?

All royalties generated by this lens will go to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, so you have already done something wonderful already simply by arriving on this page. For that I thank you - and while you're here, you might just find some other goodies and reasons for staying on a while longer.

You can help still more by rating this lens and leaving a message in the guestbook at the bottom of the page - and if you can help me spread the word by linking to this lens from your own, or from your blog or website, I would be eternally grateful.

Positive things really can come out of negatives.

If every single person that comes by this lens tells one other person about it, and that person does the same, imagine how much we could do together to let people know about this type of women's cancer, and to raise money to help move towards eradicating it.

For good.

Thank you. We can do a lot here!

By the way, if you click on the link to the left of this column (the one that says 'lenses by Allison Whitehead') you can also see some of my other lenses on all kinds of different subjects.

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The UK's only support group for people affected by ovarian cancer.

I live in the UK, and Ovacome provides help, support and advice for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as their family and friends.

They produce a regular newsletter which highlights personal experiences as well as the latest advances in treatment and diagnosis. It's well worth a look.


1 - Buy an ovarian cancer ribbon (or even better, buy lots and sell them to raise even more funds).

2 - Spread the word about Ovacome - particularly if you live in the UK.

3 - Make a donation via the Just Giving website.

4 - Simply support this lens and help me spread the word and raise awareness of ovarian cancer by linking to this lens from your blog or website, or putting this lens on your Lensroll.

Thank you.


The Cancer Action website

There is actually more than one type of ovarian cancer, and the Ovarian Cancer Action website explains in clear and understandable detail what each type is.

This website is devoted to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in women. Of all the types of cancer there are, ovarian cancer is the fourth biggest killer in women. Thus awareness of symptoms (not always easy to spot for this type of cancer, which is why it's known as the 'silent killer') is absolutely vital in both the short and long term.


1 - Recycle your old mobile phones and ink cartridges and help save lives as well as the environment.

2 - Sell pin badges to raise funds and raise awareness in a simple but effective way.

3 - Simply donate whatever you can to help Ovarian Cancer Action keep on doing what they do best.

4 - You guessed it - help me to raise awareness of this lens. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your workmates. Let's get this lens seen by as many people as possible - after all, it's not just money that can make a difference; sharing, educating and learning all help enormously too.

Thank you.

Resources on Amazon

Yes these are all affiliate links - but if you buy through them you will be donating some money towards Cancer Research. All proceeds from this lens go directly to this worthwhile cause.


The Eve Appeal

The Eve Appeal raises funds to pay for much needed research into the four gynaecological cancers.

Ovarian cancer is notoriously hard to spot in its early stages - quite often, by the time it makes itself known it has already spread and the chances of survival drop alarmingly.

Yet if it is caught early the survival rates stand at 95%.

research that is going on, and also lists the celebrity supporters of the charity.


1 - Buy a pin badge - a small donation makes a big difference, and you can wear your stunning badge with pride.

2 - Make a donation by post, phone or online - big or small, every penny counts.

3 - Share your story - the Media Centre section has case studies to read, and if you have an experience to share, the Eve Appeal would be glad to hear from you.

4 - Spread the word - not all support is financial in nature. What can you do to help?

Whatever it may be, thank you.

Let me know what you think of this lens. Do you have an experience with ovarian cancer you'd like to share?

If you have chosen to very kindly donate some cash to one of the above charities through the links given, please let me know by leaving a message here. You don't need to reveal how much - ALL amounts, whether large or small, help to fund research and save lives.

Thank you for stopping by and showing your support!

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      Allison Whitehead 5 years ago

      @flinnie lm: I'm so sorry to hear that. Thank you for the blessing, it takes time to find what you need to write about such an experience.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi almost 3 years ago my sister dies from ovarian cancer at the age of 49, then less than 90 days later another sister died from breast cancer at the age of 47. I wan't to write a page about it but, I can't just yet. Blessed and added to my lens..Squid Angel flinnie.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I feel that by incorporating a healthy lifestyle such as using natural remedies for ovarian cysts instead of hormonal drugs and medications, your body will be healthier.

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      KelleyEidem 9 years ago

      You have my sympathies for your loss. I can't imagine growing up without my Mom.

      Thank you for sharing and for reaching out to create something wonderful from your own experiences.


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      OvarianCancer 9 years ago

      Great lens, it's good to see others raising awerness of ovarian cancer!

      I have given your lens a 5 start in the hope more people will find this lens as well.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Well done. Every bit of publicity is good. I've had ovarian cancer for 6 years. I have had 2 tumours removed and live with an inoperable third. I'm not able to go on walks etc to raise awareness but I did the Eve Appeal dvd and have donated blood to Prof Jacobs' research.