Before ovarian cancer - healthy ovaries
Stage 1 - Cancer is confined to one or both ovaries
Stage 2 - Cancer spreads within the pelvic region
Stage 3 - Average stage of diagnoses is stage 3C; cancer spreads to other body parts within the abdomen
Stage 4 - Cancer spreads beyond the abdomen to other body parts
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
The cancer is confined to the ovary or fallopian tube
1A - The cancer is confined to one ovary only
1B - The cancer is found on both ovaries
1C - One or both ovaries are found with cancer cells spilling out from the ovaries
1C1 - Accidental rupture of the capsule by the surgeon during surgery
1C2 - Rupture of the capsule occurred before surgery
1C3 - Cancer cells are found in the fluid of the pelvis/abdomen
Growth of the cancer involves one or both ovaries with pelvic extension
2A - Extension of cancer to fallopian tubes or uterus
2B - Extension of cancer to other pelvic organs
Growth of the cancer involves one or both ovaries, and the cancer has spread beyond the pelvis
3A - Microscopic cancer cells found in upper abdomen or lymph nodes
3B - Visible tumor found in upper abdomen less than 2cm in size
3C - Visible tumor found in upper abdomen greater than 2cm in size, including disease on the surface of liver or spleen
The cancer growth is widely spread throughout the body
4A - Cancer is found in the fluid around lung
4B - Cancer is found inside the lungs, liver or spleen
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
NOCC begins as a grassroots organization founded by advocates and survivors in Boca Raton, Florida
NOCC incorporates as the country’s first national organization providing awareness and education about ovarian cancer.
The first national ovarian cancer information hotline is established (1-888-OVARIAN), now averaging 10,000 calls each year.
NOCC proclaims a week in September “National Ovarian Cancer Week,” with a declaration from President Clinton. “Walk for a Whisper” 5K Walk/Run is initiated.
NOCC and the ovarian community proclaim September as “National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.”
The organization produces television PSA about early detection and distributes to 30 states.
Ovarian.org received the Oncolink.com Award from OncoLink, the first online cancer resource founded by University of Pennsylvania cancer specialists.
NOCC receives the National Points of Light award in celebration of the success and impact volunteers have made in their communities.
NOCC launches “Body Image/Body Essence” art exhibit by sculptor John Magnan as a tribute to his wife’s journey with ovarian cancer.
NOCC launches the “Break the Silence” national education campaign.
The “Break the Silence” campaign reaches 100M impressions.
NOCC helps launch the first consensus on ovarian cancer symptoms.
NOCC moves its principal place of operation and state of incorporation/registration from Boca Raton, Florida to Dallas, Texas.
NOCC advocates help to double Department of Defense funding for ovarian cancer research to $20M per year.
“Newly Diagnosed Patient Kit” is launched. DVD resource is made available in Spanish and Mandarin; 450,000+ pieces of literature are distributed nationwide.
The Faces of Hope® program and term “Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” are initiated.
Annual fundraising events are branded “Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer®.”
NOCC partners with The Dr. Oz Show to create his Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer® campaign.
Over 1200 newly diagnosed women receive NOCC’s TEAL PACKET®
The “Ann Schreiber Ovarian Cancer Research Training Program of Excellence: A study by Dr. Ruth Perets” is supported by NOCC with a $50,000 contribution.
NOCC supports quality of life research with the GOG 0225, LIvES Study, which is ongoing and conducted by the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
More than 4,000 Faces of Hope TEAL totes are distributed.
More than 575,000 pieces of education and awareness literature are distributed nationally.
NOCC affirms its commitment to research with the newest initiative, collaborating with Stand Up to Cancer, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support the “Ovarian Cancer Dream Team.”
NOCC is featured in the highly coveted showcase window at 10 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan.
NOCC reaches its milestone 25th anniversary.
NOCC becomes an official charity partner for the New York Marathon and launches its first platform for endurance enthusiasts across the U.S - Team Teal®.
Rejuvenate, the first event of its kind, is introduced by NOCC for survivors as a retreat experience centered around the mind, body and spirit; it later expands to a national series.
Not Knowing is Killing Us is launched as a hard-hitting national awareness campaign.
NOCC's signature Run/Walk Series is rebranded and Together in Teal® Ending Ovarian Cancer is brought to life in communities across the nation.
Team Teal®, NOCC's endurance platform, expands internationally with participants in Greece and Canada.
Together in Teal® Ending Ovarian Cancer is hosted at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a national historic landmark.
In response to the pandemic, NOCC introduces programming offering relief to women and their caregivers including home meal delivery, Comfort for the Soul, and online professional counseling through Comfort the Mind.
Teal Hearts Network, a series of regional survivor support groups, commences in a virtual setting.
Together in Teal(R) hosts its first virtual experience, No Boundaries, and unites participants in 50 states and 9 countries.
Ovarian cancer signs and symptoms include: