Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

March is the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading charity and want to do everything they can to raise vital funds and awareness about this type of cancer. The pandemic has affected fundraising in many charities, including this one. If you get involved this year your money will help them to:

  • Train GP’s to recognise the signs of ovarian cancer: Just £25 will fund training for 3 GP’s
  • Provide information about the signs of ovarian cancer, raising awareness for all: Just £50 will fund leaflets giving 50 people information about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
  • Give crucial support to women who have ovarian cancer: Just £170 will mean that the support line can help 10 people, providing information and support that they can trust.

When diagnosed early, 9 out of 10 women will survive. This is why it is so important to heighten the awareness about ovarian cancer.

How can you get involved with fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month?

You can access a number of great money raising idea’s online or you may have your own plan of action.

What about walking 11,000 steps a day in March?

Statistics show that 11 women die every day from this disease and if you were to get sponsorship for your walk, think of all the money you can raise.

Take part in the Target Ovarian Cancer virtual quiz

The quiz is being held on the 4th March. You only have to pay £5 per person to enter and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Enjoy your evening and raise money at the same time.

There are so many ways that you can join in. Take a look at the official website and find your fundraising method today.

Share the infographic on Social Media about the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

If you do not think you have the time to get involved in a big way, take the time to download and share the infographic on your Social Media. Simple, easy and importantly, there is no cost to you. Sharing the information with your family, friends, colleagues and associates could prove to be life saving.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer comes from the cells found around the ovaries and fallopian tubes. There are different types of tumours and these are classified by the types of cells and tissue that they come from.

Secondary cancers or metastases are lumps found in other parts of the body because of the spread of ovarian cancer cells.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of symptoms that are associated with ovarian cancer including:

  • Persistent bloating
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pain in your pelvis or abdomen
  • The need to wee more urgently or more often than usual

You may also experience a change in your bowel habits, fatigue, unexplained weight loss or abnormal bleeding.

If you experience these symptoms frequently and they are new to you then you should see your GP. It is possible your symptoms are not associated with ovarian cancer, but it is better to be sure.

Conditions such as ovarian cysts could also give you similar symptoms.

Early diagnosis is crucial. Your recovery will very much depend on early diagnosis and treatment.

For more detailed information about Ovarian cancer, the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and support you can visit the following website:


Will your Health Insurance cover you for the Diagnosis and Treatment of cancer?

When you buy a private medical insurance policy, the cover for cancer is clearly shown. UK Health insurers provide excellent cover for the treatment of cancer. If you already have a policy in place, check your policy documents for confirmation of the benefits you have cover for. Although treatment for cancer is a priority for many people, there are also policies in the market that do not offer cover for cancer. You should make it clear to your insurer or broker whether treatment of this type is important to you. In contrast, you can opt to have your cancer treatment via the NHS and reduce or remove cancer cover from your policy. Health insurance is a flexible product, therefore you can tailor your cover to suit your own requirements.

If you would like help finding a policy that offers comprehensive cancer cover, the team at SMP Healthcare can help. Please get in touch today and we will help you to understand the options available because it is important that you know what cover is available from the start.

You can email us via: enquiries@smphealthcare.com or by telephone 01245 929129 / 0800 047 0127