The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors. The NOCC celebrates September as a time to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer in addition to assisting the newly diagnosed patient, providing hope to survivors, and support to caregivers.
More than 20,000 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 in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.
See the link below for details on the Break the Silence Run/Walk right here in the city of brotherly love: