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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Hosts Awareness Walks During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

DALLAS, TX — Known for its subtle, whispering symptoms, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death of the reproductive cancers. An estimated one woman in 58 will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. All women are at risk. Unlike breast and cervical cancer, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. Therefore, awareness of the symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer is critically important.  

In an effort to increase understanding, early detection and survival of ovarian cancer, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is hosting a number of walks this September during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. “We’re hosting these awareness walks in hopes to fill the gap in knowledge and discussion surrounding this disease,” said Carol Ansley, CEO of NOCC.  

NOCC is pleased to partner with PureOlogy, a division of L’Oreal USA, for our 2008 walk events, “NOCC and PureOlogy’s Walk to BREAK THE SILENCE on Ovarian Cancer”. Information on the event/registration can be found by visiting the NOCC website, www.ovarian.org or by calling 888¬OVARIAN. A link to the NOCC and PureOlogy Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer is on the home page. Additional information about PureOlogy is available at www.pureology.com. 

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and hard to pinpoint because they often mimic more prevalent digestive and gastrointestinal disorders. Common symptoms include persistent swelling, bloating, pressure or pain in the abdomen, gastrointestinal upset and/or frequent urination in the absence of an infection. Typically, two or more symptoms occur simultaneously and increase in severity over time. 

If caught in the early stages, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 90 percent, yet 75 percent of women are still diagnosed in the advanced stages when the prognosis is poor.  

Since its inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education and support for women with ovarian cancer and their families. To learn more about ovarian cancer and NOCC, call 888-OVARIAN or visit www.ovarian.org. 

Upcoming Walk Events: 

  • National Walk – Los Angeles, California. Sept. 6, 2008 
  • Wichita Kansas Chapter – Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas. Aug. 23, 2008 
  • Greater Dayton Chapter – Dayton History at Carillon Park, Dayton, Ohio. Sept. 7, 2008
  • Philadelphia Chapter – Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. Sept. 13, 2008 
  • Pittsburgh Chapter – North Park (Allison Park), Pittsburgh, PA. Sept. 14, 2008 
  • New Hampshire Chapter – Äì Nashua, New Hampshire. Sept. 14, 2008 
  • Rhode Island Chapter – Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island. Sept. 14, 2008 
  • Northwestern Ohio Chapter – Secor Metropark, Toledo, Ohio. Sept. 20, 2008 
  • Sacramento Chapter – UC Davis Cancer Center, Sacramento, California. Sept. 20, 2008 
  • Nebraska Chapter – Lake Zorinsky, Omaha, Nebraska. Sept. 20, 2008 
  • Long Island New York Chapter – Long Island, New York. Sept. 20, 2008 
  • Massachusetts Chapter – South Boston, Massachusetts. Sept. 20, 2008 
  • Northern New Jersey – West Orange, New Jersey. Sept. 21, 2008 
  • Central Ohio Chapter – Westerville Community Center, Westerville, Ohio. Sept.21, 2008 
  • Cincinnati Ohio/Northern Kentucky Chapter – Lunken Playfield, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sept. 27, 2008 
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter – Baylor Regional Medical Center, Grapevine, Texas. Sept. 27, 2008 
  • San Antonio Chapter’s – McAllister Park, San Antonio, Texas. Sept 27, 2008 

About NOCC

Since its inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education and programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families. For more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign and to contact one of the NOCC local chapters, visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN. 

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The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides public education and awareness about ovarian cancer through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, comprehensive website, peer support, publications, and awareness/educational programs. NOCC’s mission 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. For more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign and to contact one of the local NOCC Chapters, visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.

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