Focus: Communications - Site Visit

Ovacome is a UK-wide support group for people concerned with ovarian cancer. Last month, the charity relaunched its website in a bid to raise awareness of a condition that affects 6,900 new cases each year and which is the fourth most common cancer among women.

The site, which was designed by the web development company Jamkit, is targeted at families, friends, carers and health professionals, as well as at patients.

Main pages

The homepage's combination of light blues and a smattering of deep pink provides an attractive feel, although one you can't help but feel has been designed to appeal to a very specific audience of middle-aged to older women.

However, the site should make no apology for this because it is accessible and carries a good amount of information on the condition and how to deal with it. The section on ovarian cancer itself is extremely thorough, covering every stage from diagnosis to treatment, as well as topics such as screening, prevention and research currently being carried out into the disease.

The site also carries details on FoneFriends, Ovacome's nationwide telephone support network for people affected by ovarian cancer.

Special features

The newsletters section is something of a treasure. Produced four times a year, every newsletter dating back to the founding of the charity in 1996 is available on the site. For those wishing to read about the experiences of many others who have been affected by ovarian cancer, it's a simple but important feature.

Ovacome says:

"We want to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and direct people to Ovacome.

The new site will provide vital information and peer support to ovarian cancer sufferers and their families."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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