The Eve Appeal

1st March 2019

Dame Eleanor Laing supports launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthEpping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing was among those who gathered at the  House of Commons for gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal’s annual tea party to launch Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The awareness months runs throughout March.

Dame Eleanor said: "It is really important to draw the attention of all women to the need to pay attention to the symptoms of these devastating cancers. We must all be vigilant.”

Sharon Hodgson, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer, hosted the tea party which was attended by politicians and celebrities including Michelle Heaton and Cherry Healey.

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in women - and accounts for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together. 

Over 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and 4,200 of those will die from the disease.

The Eve Appeal chief executive, Athena Lamnisos, said: “Make Time for Tea is all about raising awareness and funds so we can change the brutal statistics around ovarian cancer. 

"Collaboration and conversation are essential. Our annual tea party brings the key players together - the policy makers, the experts, the women affected by ovarian cancer. These are the people we need to work together to make change happen.”

Dr Ellie Cannon, GP and ambassador for The Eve Appeal, said: "Unlike the cervical screening programme, there isn’t a screening programme for ovarian cancer. 

"We know this disease is the most difficult to diagnose of the five gynae cancers, with the majority of women diagnosed when their cancer is already at stage 3 or 4. 

"As a GP, I stress the importance of clear communication between me and my patients. 

"With The Eve Appeal I have created a series of informative videos that cover topics such as the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer, hereditary risks and tips for talking to your GP, which will be released throughout Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month."

Fi Munro, author and ovarian cancer case study, said: “Three years ago, I was diagnosed with incurable, terminal stage four ovarian cancer when I was just 30 years old. Contrary to popular belief, my cancer wasn’t silent and nor was I. 

"I recognised my symptoms, I visited my GP and insisted on referrals to specialists. I had raised cancer markers and a family history. But I wasn’t listened to because of my age. 

"The Eve Appeal advocates for women like me and ensures our voices are heard.

"To be part of that, to have told my story in the House of Commons in front of politicians and policy makers, and be part of making change happen, is a privilege.”

Throughout Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, The Eve Appeal is encouraging people across the UK to hold tea parties with family, friends and work colleagues to raise funds to support research  into early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. 

People can register for a free Make Time for Tea fundraising pack by visiting or ringing 020 7605 0100.


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