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CEW(UK) GIVES £25,000 TO HELP FIGHT OVARIAN CANCER
CEW(UK) is a non-profit organisation. Through our events we raise funds for causes of particular concern to women.
Thanks to a donation of £60,000 from CEW(UK), St Bartholomew's Hospital was able to purchase an Ovarian Cancer Scanning machine in 1998, in memory of Liz Tilberis. We ran a mentoring and rehabilitation programme with Centrepoint to offer young, homeless women a fresh start.
From 2004, CEW(UK) decided to concentrate its charitable effort on raising money for Cancer and Careers, CEW's own independent initiative supporting working women with cancer.
Cancer and Careers' mission is to change the face of cancer in the workplace, by serving as the premier information and support resource for women seeking to continue working during and after cancer treatment.
For more information, please visit: www.cancerandcareersuk.org
CEW(UK) is also delighted to have been able to raise money to help fight ovarian cancer.
In celebration of CEW(UK)'s 20th Anniversary, the CEW(UK) Board affirmed their intention to help impact the face of cancer in the workplace by agreeing to make an annual donation of £25,000 to The Eve Appeal. The Eve Appeal is a wonderful charity set up to save women’s lives by funding groundbreaking research into gynaecological cancers.
The world leading research which they fund is complicated and challenging but their vision is simple – a future where fewer women develop and more women survive gynaecological cancers.
GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCER FACTS
Gynaecological cancers affect women of all ages – daughters, mothers and grandmothers – and have enormous impact on their families. In the UK, ovarian cancer is the most fatal gynaecological cancer. Advanced stage ovarian cancer statistics are even more devastating with 85% of these women dying from the disease. That is a 72% death rate. If diagnosed early enough, 95% of women with ovarian cancer will survive.
How can CEW(UK) help?
Evidence shows that women currently know little about gynaecological cancers and the subject is often taboo. It is, therefore, our aim to encourage women to talk more about gynaecological cancers and to equip women with the tools and information necessary to educate them about the disease and to empower them to help and educate others.
With this in mind CEW(UK) have teamed up with The London Clinic to host a series of events called “It’s Your Health: Handle it with Care”. These events will be for CEW members only. Specialist consultants from The London Clinic will talk to members about the importance of early detection and prevention of such “silent killers” as ovarian cancer. These events will take place onsite at The London Clinic. They have recently opened a new £80million purpose built cancer hospital in the centre of London that brings the world’s leading medical professionals, the latest technologies and a patient-focused approach to patients’ wellbeing all under one roof.
There is now a unique and innovate opportunity for CEW(UK) to fund a research project that will ultimately provide women with the opportunity to assess their risk of ovarian cancer and be provided with appropriate screening and or preventative options. Such a study could be established on the high street by 2012, an important anniversary year for CEW(UK). The research study will develop a model for predicting a woman’s individual risk of developing ovarian cancer. Risk levels will be determined by lifestyle factors (e.g. use of the contraceptive pill, and number of children), as well as by carrying out a simple genetic test which would identify whether or not the individual carries particular genes that predispose them to ovarian cancer.
By identifying individual levels of risk, counsellors carrying out the risk assessment will be able to offer a more targeted approach to cancer screening and prevention. For a woman at high risk, preventative surgery or frequent screening may be offered, whereas a woman at low risk may not require screening but should be made aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
This project is the first of its kind in the world, and would inform and guide the implementation of genetic screening and prevention. Ultimately this could reduce both mortality from the disease and subsequent cancer treatment costs.
The strength of the CEW(UK) membership and our associated networks can provide an opportunity for awareness and research opportunities for ovarian cancer to take a great step forward.
We hope you will join us in achieving this goal.
"I am delighted that Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) have chosen to support The Eve Appeal and help to further the gynaecological cancer cause. Over the years, great strides have been made in both research and awareness of gynaecological cancers, yet much remains to be done. The support of CEW(UK) will be of great importance in the effort to achieve our vision of a future where fewer women develop and more women survive gynaecological cancer."
Professor Ian Jacobs, Dean Biomedicine UCL.