The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 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.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a nationally recognized organization with a growing nationwide network of Chapters. NOCC volunteers and staff fuel the ovarian cancer movement in local communities throughout the United States. They understand the specific needs of individual communities and through the establishment of local Chapters, promote and expand patient, public and professional education about ovarian cancer.
At the local level, NOCC staff and volunteers network with patients, loved ones and caregivers to provide support and encouragement to those touched by ovarian cancer. They also organize awareness events, provide educational programs, sponsor continuing medical education symposia and disseminate literature at health fairs.
More than 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed late when prognosis is poor. However, if caught early, ovarian cancer is over 90% treatable. It’s imperative that the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are recognized not only by women, but their loved ones and the medical community as well. There is currently NO early detection test for ovarian cancer, nor is there a vaccination to prevent the disease. The key to early diagnosis is awareness.
Potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:
If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, consult your physician.