For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh, PA – Friday May 8, 2015 is World Ovarian Cancer Day. It is a day for ovarian cancer organizations like the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to come together to spread awareness and educate communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day has built, and will continue to build, a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all gynecologic cancers, and is characterized around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.
How the NOCC Pittsburgh Chapter Helps
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Pittsburgh Chapter is committed to breaking the silence on ovarian cancer and spreading awareness and educating the community. Providing support, education, and hope for women affected by ovarian cancer, and their families is our mission every day. NOCC Pittsburgh builds voices for women to spread the awareness. The NOCC Pittsburgh Chapter’s 15th annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer is on Sunday September 20, 2015. It will take place at the Harmar Pavilion in North Park. This run/walk is designed to spread awareness, educate, and bring together a community to break the silence.
Facts About Ovarian Cancer
- In women age 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
- One in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime.
- When diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%, but only 19% of cases are found at this stage.
- The treatment options and outcome for the patient depend on the type of ovarian cancer and how far it has spread before diagnosis.
Potential Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- Upset stomach or heartburn
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Constipation or menstrual changes
If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your physician.
For more information on ovarian cancer, educational materials, or to register for our run/walk September 20, 2015 to break the silence on ovarian cancer, please visit nocc.kintera.org/Pittsburgh