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Kicking Cancer into Submission

Ovarian Cancer Action is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, dedicated to improving survival rates for women with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is currently the UK’s most deadly gynaecological disease, with over 7,000 cases diagnosed every year.

Ovarian Cancer Action has launched a new fundraising campaign specifically for the fitness industry. The Box 2 Beat Cancer campaign is endorsed by Apprentice contestant and award winning personal trainer – Katie Bulmer-Cooke.

How can you help?


If you are a registered Boxercise instructor or are interested in becoming one, please visit To register for a free Box 2 Beat Cancer Event Organisers Pack.

In the pack you’ll find a suggested workout plan including pad and glove workouts, cardio and core exercises, circuits, and team games. You’ll also receive top tips from UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 Katie Bulmer-Cooke, on how to maximise business opportunities from your involvement.

Contact Ovarian Cancer Action if you’d like to set up your own boxercise class for charity!

Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the ovary start to multiply, creating a tumour. But it’s important to note that not all tumours are cancerous.

Non-cancerous tumours are called benign tumours. This means they don’t usually spread to other parts of the body. They may need treatment but they’re rarely life threatening.

Malignant ovarian tumours are cancerous and can be life threatening.

It’s important to catch cancers early because they can grow large enough to engulf most of the ovary and spread to other parts of the body too.

You can read more about ovarian cancer in this leaflet – Ovarian cancer – what you need to know. It is the most deadly gynaecological cancer and currently the fifth most common cancer among women.

There are 7000 new diagnoses each year in the UK.

The UK has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe, with a woman dying from ovarian cancer every two hours; that amounts to 4,300 deaths each year. Persistent stomach pain

Persistent bloating or increased stomach size

Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

Needing to urinate more frequently

The key features of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

Their persistency – they don’t go away

Their frequency – they occur most days

The symptoms are new – they started in the last 12 months

The symptoms are unusual – they are not normal for you

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