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Kelly Mellott


DALLAS, TX -  The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is launching several ovarian cancer awareness initiatives for September, which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The NOCC has partnered with The Dr. Oz Show to present The Dr. Oz Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer campaign, to be aired on Tuesday, September 13.  The campaign raises awareness of ovarian cancer, educates the public about the symptoms of the disease, and urges women to learn to recognize the early warning signs and risk factors of ovarian cancer.  The Dr. Oz Show and the NOCC have created a co-branded one-page worksheet, which can be downloaded from and  Women are encouraged to print the worksheet, complete it, and then bring it with them to their doctor’s visits to introduce a discussion of ovarian cancer if necessary.

In addition to the partnership with The Dr. Oz Show, the NOCC has teamed up with Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shannon Miller, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year at age 33.  Shannon will join the NOCC for an ovarian cancer awareness luncheon on Wednesday, September 14 in New York City.  A public service announcement featuring Shannon Miller will be debuted at the event.

Also this month, the NOCC will hold its signature event, The Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, throughout communities nationwide.  This event raises awareness of ovarian cancer, celebrates survivors, and honors those lost to the disease.

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer.  More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease annually.  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.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. Other symptoms of ovarian cancer may include fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during sex, constipation, and menstrual changes. Women who experience these symptoms for longer than two weeks, especially if these symptoms are new to them, are encouraged to visit their health care provider.

For more information, please visit, or call 1-888-OVARIAN.


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