Having just read a recent post on raising symptom awareness of OC, I thought I would share this news to provide some background information on a pilot that has been running in Leeds and Wakefield since January ending March 2013. The Department of Health have funded a pilot campaign to raise symptom awareness of OC in the two above cities through the Yorkshire Cancer Network. The company outsourced to do the campaign are a London based company called Kindred. The target audience has been women over fifty and the campaign has included coverage of the symptoms of OC on local radio and adverts have been placed in local newspapers. Women with OC were contacted by their CNS nurses to see if they wanted to get involved in local networking. I and many others with OC have been out attending events at local swimming pools, community centres to talk to women over fifty about the symptoms of OC. We have had posters, symptom awareness cards and leaflets to give out. I am sure that others could add to this post if they have been involved in the campaign in either Leeds or Wakefield. It may be that others are involved in other pilots. Lets hope that the pilot is successful and that the campaign will be rolled out nationally. The local campaign here has been similar to the one that has been running on bowel cancer. On a personal level it has been great to get involved with talking to women about the symptoms of OC as well as being with others in my peer support group known locally as WAGs.
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