The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has grown from a grass roots organization to a thriving non-profit making great strides and lasting impact in the lives of so many over the last 25 years.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
*works hard year round to raise awareness on the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
* chapters across the nation engage in a variety of community outreach outlets to promote education in order to increase early detection and survival rates.
*Tens of thousands participate in Run/Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, dress and decorate in TEAL (the color for ovarian cancer awareness, also standing for Take Early Action & Live), and help the NOCC to spread education.
The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors. The coalition supports their mission by distributing unlimited educational literature to hospitals, doctors’ offices, and a variety of community centers.
Through their Faces of Hope Program, we provide support to newly diagnosed women in over 250 hospitals across the country.
Since collaborating with Stand Up 2 Cancer last year, the NOCC is now investing much more into leading-edge research for the cure, along with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support our RESEARCH-IN-ACTION Initiative.
The ACS estimates that over 21,000 women in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. That’s 1 in 75. Early Detection is key to survival. When diagnosed early, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%.
Over the past 2 years the overall survival rate has risen from 37%-45%. This can be attributed to raising more awareness and education on ovarian cancer, investing more into cutting-edge research, and the development of more successful treatments and clinical trials.
The Pap Test does not detect ovarian cancer. It only detects cervical cancer.
Risk factors include undesired infertility, increasing age, a family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer.
Recto-vaginal exams should always be given at an annual in order to detect abnormalities, but a transvaginal ultrasound can be given for a more in depth screening to women who are at a higher risk, or who are exhibiting early warning signs, for ovarian cancer.
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer whisper and can be vague, and therefore are often ignored or misdiagnosed.
2. trouble eating or feeling full quickly
3. pelvic or abdominal pain
4. feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
6. upset stomach or heartburn
7. back pain
8. pain during sex
10. menstrual changes
It is important to note that these signs should be taken seriously if they are NEW to you and have been persisting for 2 weeks or more.
All of the NOCC’s chapters are supported by local volunteers who assist in events coordination, community education, fundraising, and a variety of other awareness activities. If you are interested in finding a local chapter to help support the mission of the NOCC, promote life saving education, and have a little fun while doing it, you may visit www.ovarian.org. You can also download mini awareness posters to distribute within your community, read more about statistics, and new research.
Together We Will Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer
My thanks to Caroline Eudy of the Connecticut Chapter National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for writing this most informative blog. Please support this organization with your donations. www.ovarian.org
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