A woman dies every two hours in the UK from ovarian cancer, so if all you had to do to help raise money and awareness was flash your knickers, would you?
Walkathong is a sponsored walk wearing specially designed teal pants over your clothes.
It's cheeky and it's fun and it's time to take part.
Each year in the UK 7,000 women are diagnosed with this specific cancer and here we are still more likely to receive late diagnosis of ovarian cancer than women in other comparable countries. Because of this women are more likely to die in the first year after diagnosis.
Cary Cochrane came up with the idea of Walkathong after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and receivin sucessful treatment.
Cary experienced symptoms of Ovarian cancer at the early stages, now she is determined to ensure that all women know the symptoms themselves so that they can get treatment as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis of the disease is crucial as 90 per cent of women will survive longer than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
Symptoms to look out for include:
- Persistant stomach pain
- Persistant bloating or increased stomach size
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Needing to wee more frequently
Occasionally other symptoms such as changes in bowel habit, extreme fatigue and back pain may be experienced separately or at the same time as those listed above.
And you don't have to take part in Walkathong to show your support, just slip your knickers on over you clothes and send a picture to [email protected] and they'll add it to the Facebook collection.
This year's Walkathong will take place on Sunday July 1 at the Ashridge Estate, Herts at 8am.
Femalefirst Taryn Davies