Ovarian cancer is quietly affecting the lives of our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends. It ranks 5th in overall cancer deaths for women and accounts for more cancer deaths than any other female gynecologic cancer.1 Together we can change that. When found early, 94% of ovarian cancer patients live longer than 5 years after diagnosis, but only 20% of women are diagnosed in the early stages of disease.2 Why? Lack of awareness, information, and dialogue.
Right now, during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, is a great time to start talking about early detection, sharing information, and building momentum around supporting the growing number of women—and families—who are impacted by ovarian cancer every day. When we #OvaryAct, we start conversations. We break barriers. We spark hope. We save lives. And it all starts with you.
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For women with ovarian cancer, the key to survival is early detection.2 While it is commonly thought that only post-menopausal women are at risk, ovarian cancer affects women of all ages.3 That’s why it is important for everyone to become familiar with the risk factors and symptoms associated with the disease and to share this information with the women in their lives.
Click below to learn more about ovarian cancer, the signs of the disease, diagnosis, and more.
Knowledge is power and action leads to change. The organizations below provide education, support, and resources for those interested in learning more about ovarian cancer. Many also fund extensive scientific research that strives to save lives. Click below to learn more and discover how you can get involved.
Founded in 1991, the mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for survivors. Through national programs and local NOCC chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The NOCC also offers information to assist newly diagnosed patients, hope to survivors, and support to caregivers. The NOCC is also committed to the advancement of ovarian cancer research, specifically in funding the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team with Stand Up to Cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) is the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research and has invested over $85 million in research since 1998. OCRA fights ovarian cancer from all fronts, including in the lab and on Capitol Hill, and through innovative programs to support survivors and their families. OCRA’s ongoing commitment to the most promising scientific research is funding discoveries, creating new treatments, and hastening desperately needed breakthroughs. And OCRA is the voice for the ovarian cancer community, working with legislators to ensure federal ovarian cancer research and education, patient safety, and access to high-quality care are protected on Capitol Hill. OCRA’s programs help women navigate their diagnosis and support patients and their families when and where they need it most. Visit ocrahope.org to learn more.
To fight for those who are fighting, speak for those who have fallen silent, and provide for those working to end ovarian cancer.
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting research, education, and public awareness of gynecologic cancers. FWC is the official foundation of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO).
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance funds research, provides support and educates the public and healthcare community about ovarian cancer. MOCA has provided nearly $9 million to ovarian cancer research funding. For more information about MOCA or to find support and get involved, go to mnovarian.org
This organization’s mission is to create a network of women who are affected by breast and ovarian cancer so that they can support and empower one another. This network provides patients and their families a chance to give and receive information and support.
Ovarcome’s mission is to raise global awareness, to fund research in search of a cure, and to provide financial assistance to underserved women in the U.S. as well as developing nations in their valiant fight against ovarian cancer. Ovarcome is inspired by the simple philosophy of support, love, and celebration of life. Together, We Can Ovarcome!