‘Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14’

21 August 2019

Miss Adeola Olaitan contributed to this BBC article about ovarian cancer in very young women When 14-year-old Kelliyah started experiencing severe abdominal pain, she initially blamed it on one too many fizzy drinks and a lack of exercise. She lived with the persistent symptoms for weeks before going to hospital. But once she did, doctors […]

World Ovarian Cancer Day: 7 risk factors every woman needs to know about

09 May 2019

Cancer Research UK say that currently, just 35% of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive for 10 or more years. That’s why it’s crucial that everybody knows the risk factors – this means things that may put you at an increased risk of developing the disease. In an article for Virgin Media Television’s […]

On the set with Sunny and Shay

15 March 2019

Cervical screening attendance is at a twenty year low. It is a tragedy that in this country two women a day still die of a potentially preventable disease. With this in mind, Public Health England had launched the first ever cervical screening campaign with the simple message Cervical Screening Saves Lives Screening is a test […]

Showcasing the Talents of Female Surgeons – Eve Endoscopy

04 March 2019

Statistics show that patients operated on by female surgeons have a better outcome. Despite this, surgery remains a male-dominated field. For example in India, where 80% of obstetricians and gynaecologists are female, only a small proportion undertake complex surgical procedures. I was therefore, pleased to participate in the Eve Endoscopy conference which was convened to […]

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 21st – 27th January 2019

23 January 2019

It is cervical cancer prevention week and we are doing our best to raise awareness about cervical screening to save lives. Working with the Eve Appeal’s Karen Hobbs, I have made a series of informative mini-videos which can be viewed here; Click to view I also gave an expert view on ITV news Meridian about the […]

Gynaecology Cancer Awareness Month – from Lagos to London

01 October 2018

  We started in the first week of September in Lagos with Cancer Awareness Nigeria. The second week, back in London, with the Eve Appeal with an excellent, diverse panel and an amazing audience. As the month draws to a close the conversation should continue. Being aware of the prevention strategies and symptoms of gynaecological […]

Home & Away – Raising Awareness of Gynae Cancers Worldwide

06 September 2018

September is gynaecological cancer awareness month. It is an opportunity to discuss gynaecological cancers and give women (and men) important information about prevention strategies and symptoms of early disease so that more lives can be saved. We, in the UK, are fortunate that healthcare is free at the point of access. For example, having cervical […]

GET LIPPY – Friday 25th May 2018

23 May 2018

Join us to #GetLippy on women’s health Pass on the Pout For – GetLippy 2018 Every day 58 UK women are diagnosed with a gynae cancer; sadly, 21 of these women will die too soon. Cervical screening is at its lowest rate for two decades. So why aren’t women taking their health seriously? Embarrassment, lack […]

CCBYNC Open access Research Comparison of postoperative outcomes among patients treated by male and female surgeons: a population based matched cohort study

16 October 2017

Objective: To examine the effect of surgeon sex on postoperative outcomes of patients undergoing common surgical procedures. Click link for full article

Screening high-risk women may reduce the risk of advanced ovarian cancer diagnosis

28 February 2017

The results of the UK Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study (UK FOCSS), have been published overnight in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study results suggest that screening high-risk women every four months may reduce the likelihood of being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Over the three-year period of screening, and in the year of […]

Multidisciplinary Working

08 July 2016

The importance of working in teams to improve the care of women with gynaecological cancers has long been recognised and is indeed the standard of care in the National Health Service. Private patients do not always have access to multidisciplinary care. Dr McCormack, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Miss Olaitan, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, have for several […]

Vaccination and screening critical to cervical cancer prevention

28 June 2016

Cancer Routine vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV) and screening tests are playing a key role in reducing women’s risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer affects the neck of the womb, or cervix, and is caused by infection with HPV, which spreads through genital skin-to-skin contact. It is the second most common cancer in […]

Happy to support Mediaplanet’s The 2016 Women’s Health Campaign

28 June 2016

The campaign is distributed through The Guardian newspaper on 28th June, at leading events and is published online. Please visit for all the latest news and articles on Women’s Health

We Need to Talk About Ovarian Cancer

02 March 2016

Three out of four women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in this country will have advanced disease at presentation yet ovarian cancer is fully curable if it is detected early. There have been several campaigns to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Most of these have focused on making women aware of symptoms but the reality is […]

Almost 4 MILLION women miss crucial cervical cancer screening tests

25 January 2016

A study found 3.7 million women are failing to attend the preventative examination, while the UK now has one of the worst survival rates of cervical cancer in the developed world. The research, carried out by cancer charity Jo’s Trust, discovered a third of 25 – 29 year olds are not attending screening and overall […]

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

22 January 2016

Do Three Simple Things That Could Save your Life Cervical Cancer Prevention week runs from 24th to 30th January. The aim is to raise awareness that this is a potentially preventable disease. So what can you do to protect yourself? 1. Get vaccinated against the high-risk human papilloma virus (HRHPV). Persistent infection with this common […]

Menopause: Time for change

24 November 2015

Interesting article by Dr Alison Wright, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,3T4BS,78DH4Z,DQ1D6,1

Cervical Screening Rates Continue to Fall – with women aged 25-49 most likely to miss a smear test

10 November 2015

3.1 million were tested in 2014/15 – a drop of 3.3% on the previous year London had the lowest rate of screening attendances with less than 7/10 Cervical cancer cases are increasing with 3,100 diagnosed each year Click Link for full article

The Truth about HRT safety

19 October 2015

‘Ignore health scares; HRT is safe, say scientists’ This new study, reported in The Telegraph today, was conducted by the New York University School of Medicine. The researchers tracked 80 women using hormone replacement for 10 years and compared them with a control group who were not using the medication. The HRT group suffered no […]

Should I let my little girl have the cervical cancer jab? Reports of worrying side effects means this mother faces a dilemma

06 October 2015

Catherine Ostler’s 12-year-old daughter could soon receive HPV vaccine There have been reports of side effects, including fainting and seizures European Medical Agency is currently conducting a safety review into it Click link for full article

5 women-only cancers and how to spot their symptoms early

24 September 2015

Thousands of women each year are effected by cancer – here are the signs to look for of five most common women-only cancers, from consultant gynaecologist at University College London Dr Adeola Olaitan This September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, and The Eve Appeal, the UK’s only gynaecological cancer research charity, are encouraging women across […]

Dying of Embarrassment

08 September 2015

There are few things more distressing than seeing a woman whose cancer has become incurable because she delayed seeking help due to embarrassment. In the last month, I have met a feisty nonagenarian who had, until recently, been in good health. Not accustomed to seeing doctors, she ignored her symptoms, hoping they would go away. […]

Beautiful on the Inside

01 September 2015

More than 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the UK in 2013, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, with liposuction recording a 41% rise. Breast augmentation (enlarging the breasts or ‘boob job’) remains the most popular procedure. This demonstrates that, as women, we care a great deal about our external appearance. […]

How aware are you? – Try Our “Gynae Symptoms” Quiz to find out!

20 August 2015

Health awareness is vital as it will help you to recognise if you are at risk of cancer, to know how to protect yourself and also to spot the symptoms early so treatment can be successful. Do this quiz and find out how much you actually know about gynaecological cancer. Instructions: Read each statement and […]

The global burden of cervical cancer

10 July 2015

Adeola Olaitan discusses the global burden of cervical cancer in the first of the afternoon session. #ifwh2015

What is the real value of screening for cervical cancer?

21 May 2015

Q. I hear there are differences in the way that samples are taken and this can affect whether or not you get a good result, is this still an issue or have specimen collection and lab procedures improved? A. There is a move to liquid based cytology (LBC) which, instead of smearing the collected cells […]

An Overview of Gynaecological Cancers

17 June 2014

This article presents a comprehensive overview of the different types and symptoms of the various gynaecological cancers. We believe this will be of help for any woman who has experienced abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding and may be concerned. [Read the full aricle at]

Why the cervical cancer screening age does not need to be lowered

17 June 2014

Following calls from patient groups and MPs to lower the age for cervical cancer screening in England, Dr Adeola Olaitan, Consultant Gynaecologist at University College Hospital London, discusses why the age for cervical cancer screening does not need to be lowered.     [Read the full article at]

Cervical cancer jab: Risk or requirement?

16 August 2011

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme is designed to reduce the risk of cervical cancer in women. There are two licensed HPV vaccines, Gardasil® and Cervarix®, available to protect against the types of HPV infection that cause most cervical cancers. Cervarix® was approved in September 2007 in the European Union. In the UK it […]

The links between diet, obesity and endometrial (womb) cancer

07 January 2011

This article presents a comprehensive overview of endometrial cancer, the most common gynaecological cancer in the UK, including symptoms and treatment options. [Read the whole article at]