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About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The Mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and promote education about Ovarian Cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with Ovarian Cancer.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is a national organization with a growing network of chapters. Dedicated NOCC volunteers, who understand the specific needs of individual communities, fuel the Ovarian Cancer Chapter movement nationwide. NOCC staff and volunteers organize awareness events and initiatives, provide educational programs, sponsor continuing medical education symposia, and disseminate literature at health fairs to provide support and encouragement to Survivors, patients, family members, and caregivers touched by Ovarian Cancer.

About Ovarian Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer this year, and approximately 15,000 women will die from the disease.  If diagnosed early, more than 90% of the instances of Ovarian Cancer are treatable.  Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed late when prognosis is poor.  

It is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer are recognized. This awareness is important for women, their families and communities, as well as the general medical community.  There is currently NO early detection test for Ovarian Cancer, nor is there a vaccination to prevent the disease. The key to early diagnosis is awareness.

These are the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:
  -Pelvic or abdominal pain
  -Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  -Frequent and urgent urination

Other symptoms of Ovarian Cancer can include:
 -Upset stomach or heartburn
 -Back pain
 -Pain during intercourse
 -Constipation or menstrual changes

It is widely suggested to see your physician if symptoms persist for more than two weeks.

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