September Marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is designated Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by the President of the United States, and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is helping to increase awareness of the disease through national awareness campaigns, as well as local Chapter community events.
The NOCC will be joining the ovarian cancer community on “Teal Day,” Friday, September 4. Teal is the official color of ovarian cancer, and the ovarian cancer community will be wearing teal to help spread awareness of the disease.
The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer. Since there is no early detection test, recognizing the symptoms of the disease is imperative. More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.
The NOCC’s signature event, “The Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer,” is being held in cities throughout the country during the months of September and October. The Walks are designed to provide information about ovarian cancer to the community and to raise funds to increase awareness of ovarian cancer. The Walks are also a celebration of survivors as well as a tribute to those women who lost their battle with the disease. More information about “The Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer “can be found at www.ovarian.org.
In addition to “The Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer,” the NOCC will launch their new website in September. The new website will not only feature the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, but will also provide information necessary to assist survivors, caregivers, and the newly diagnosed patient.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often seen as vague and can be misdiagnosed. The NOCC urges women to see their gynecologist if they experience any of the following symptoms daily for more than two weeks:
For more information about ovarian cancer or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, please visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.