Flash your knickers for Ovarian Cancer Action at Walkathong

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In the UK, ovarian cancer kills a woman every two hours. Ovarian Cancer Action the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, wants people all over the nation to flash their knickers for action against ovarian cancer. This year’s ‘Walkathong’ will take place on Sunday 1st July at the Ashridge Estate, Herts at 8am.

After experiencing the symptoms of ovarian cancer at the early stages, Cary Cochrane, age 45, had successful treatment. On discovering that many women in the UK were not as lucky and were more likely to die due to late diagnosis, Cary becamedetermined to ensure that all women know the symptoms in order to get treated as soon as possible; and so Walkathong was born, a cheeky but important event to raise awareness of this horrible disease and funds for Ovarian Cancer Action.

Ovarian Cancer Action is working hard to ensure women in the future don’t die of ovarian cancer by funding research and running awareness campaigns.  Almost 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year and 90% of women will survive five years with diagnosis in the earliest stage.  However, UK women are more likely than other European women to be diagnosed when the cancer has spread because of lack of awareness of the symptoms – making it harder to treat. So we’re asking the nation to support this excellent cause, grab some Walkathong knickers and get involved.

The Walkathong is a sponsored walk where men, women, and children wear specially designed teal knickers over their clothes.  It’s cheeky, it’s fun and with your help aims to aid thousands of women in Britain.

But people all over the world are getting involved by making donations and ordering a pair of specially branded knickers. Walkathong knickers have been spotted across the globe in support at the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building in New York, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in Beijing, Qatar and the Caribbean.

You don’t have to take part in the ‘Walkathong’ to show your support, you can donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/walkathong and email Cary on walkathong@yahoo.com for a pair of knickers (for donations of £10 or more), thenjust slip your knickers on over your clothes and send us a picture to add to our Facebook collections, the wackier the locations the better!


Ovarian cancer has symptoms.  They are:


§  Persistent stomach pain

§  Persistent bloating or increased stomach size

§  Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

§  Needing to wee more frequently


Occasionally other symptoms may be experienced alone, or at the same time as those listed above: changes in bowel habit; extreme fatigue; and back pain.


If you experience any of the symptoms above, they may not be ovarian cancer but it is important to make an early appointment with your GP to rule it out.

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