On the afternoon of Wednesday 27 February, Sir David and fellow politicians joined clinicians, celebrities and activists at the House of Commons for gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal’s annual tea party to launch Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month which runs throughout March.
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.
Athena Lamnisos, Chief Executive of The Eve Appeal, says: “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.”
Fi Munro, author and ovarian cancer case study says: “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 www.eveappeal.org.uk/tea or calling 020 7605 0100