On March 11th we’ll all be ‘Dressing Louder’ at Hotter HQ and across our retail stores because we’re supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
The UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, Target Ovarian Cancer, has launched its “Start Making Noise” campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer to help women get diagnosed faster and save lives.
And we’re joining in on our It’s A Shoe Thing blog too – to add to the noise and share their message.
Simon Taylor, Target Ovarian Cancer Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Ovarian cancer can be devastating. Many women are diagnosed too late, once the cancer has already spread. This makes treatment more difficult. Currently, 46 per cent of women will live five years after being diagnosed. If a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease, her chance of surviving for five years or more doubles to 90 per cent.”
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual
Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired), unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite. Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated by a GP.
Women should see a GP if any one of these symptoms is new, doesn’t go away or happens more than 12 times a month.
“Target Ovarian Cancer works to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer,” added Simon. “For our fundraising month in March we’re asking friends and family to get together to ‘bake some noise’ or ‘dress louder’ and impress friends and colleagues at work or school by wearing something shocking – whether that’s your tackiest tie, or your stripiest socks.”
If you would like to find out more please visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk .
Target Ovarian Cancer is a registered charity. Registered charity numbers 1125038 (England and Wales) and SC042920 (Scotland).