Monday, September 1, 2008

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Some Quick Facts About Ovarian Cancer

  • Only 15% of women are familiar with the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
  • 67% of women incorrectly believe that a yearly Pap test is effective in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • In 2007, an estimated 22,430 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,280 women will die from the disease.
  • As of January 1, 2003 there were 171,840 living women who had a history of ovarian cancer. (Latest figures Available)
  • One in 69 women will develop ovarian cancer.
  • One in 95 women will die from ovarian cancer.
  • 5-Year Survival relative rate survival rate for all women with ovarian cancer is 45.

The Healing Project believes there is a need to greatly increase Ovarian Cancer awareness, clinical education and pharmaceutical research. While it is a common cancer, the public and medical community needs to get speed so it can be detected early. Finally, the National Cancer Institute and research community must invest time and effort in developing better diagnostics and therapies to make this a cured or chronic condition.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
500 NE Spanish River Boulevard, Suite 8
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(888) OVARIAN (682-7426)
(561) 393-0005
Materials available
Contact: Jane E. Langridge

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