The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1995 when passionate women and their families came together in response to the need for better information and more public knowledge about ovarian cancer. Women, survivors, loved ones, caregivers and the healthcare community all work hand-in-hand and tirelessly to support the NOCC’s mission. Establishing itself as an important national advocate for ovarian cancer patients, the NOCC remains steadfast in its mission to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition aims to improve the survival rate and quality of life for ovarian cancer patients and provide support and resources to family and friends of ovarian cancer survivors.
With approximately 22,380 women in the United States diagnosed and 15,500 deaths projected for 2012*, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. All women are at risk for ovarian cancer and one in 71 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 95.
Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in the later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if detected and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. For this reason, it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families, friends, and the medical community. The NOCC believes that ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease.
Currently, there is no early-detection test for ovarian cancer and pap tests do not detect the disease. Until a proper test is developed, the key to early diagnosis is awareness and recognition of the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC strives to raise awareness and understanding of early ovarian cancer symptoms. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, providing hope to survivors and support to caregivers.
The NOCC’s programs are only possible thanks to generous donations and with the help of our committed volunteers; men and women dedicated to bring the NOCC’s mission to communities across the country. Together we can make a difference in the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer. Together, we can break the silence on ovarian cancer.
*Source: American Cancer Society
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