The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is launching a campaign with ovarian cancer survivors to raise awareness of the disease throughout September during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
NOCC is preparing for a series of national and local events to spread awareness about ovarian cancer, one of the most aggressive gynecological cancers. According to NOCC, one in 75 women will be diagnosed with the disease. The coalition is particularly focused on raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease throughout the United States and the world so that women can access early check-ups.
The campaign, titled “Not Knowing is Killing Us,” includes ovarian cancer survivors with messages aimed at educating the public and preventing the 14,000 deaths that occur each year due to this life-threatening disease.
“We know that early diagnosis increases odds of survival,” David Barley, chief executive officer of NOCC, said in a press release. “We want to effect change for the women, families, and caregivers affected by this disease and do what we can to ensure that women are knowledgeable of the signs and symptoms for earlier diagnosis.”
The September campaign, on social media at hashtag #KnowOvarian, will include several local and regional activities such as proclamation ceremonies, cityscapes lighted in teal, and 11 Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer events, all to support the NOCC’s continued work in improving the quality of life of ovarian cancer patients and survivors, educating the general public, funding research, and organizing further outreach initiatives for the ovarian cancer community.
To participate in a run/walk event near you, check the NOCC calendar or call 888-OVARIAN (888-682-7426) in the U.S.
Some events planned for September include a Women’s Cancer Education Series discussion titled, “Cancer Prevention Through Diet: Can It Be Both Enjoyable and Effective?”, hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter on Sept. 3; “Cancer Awareness Night at Frederick Keys Game,” hosted by the Frederick, Maryland Chapter on Sept. 11; and the “2nd Annual Christine Mastrangelo Memorial Ice Hockey Game Fundraiser,” hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter on Sept. 5.
Other events, such as support group meetings and raising awareness nights, are also planned for this special month.