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Get informed about ovarian cancer
Frequently Asked Questions about ovarian cancer
Stories of ovarian cancer survivors
- Betsy K., Pennsylvania,
USA, ovarian cancer, stage 3c
- Carolyn G., Pennsylvania,
USA, ovarian cancer, stage
- Cyndee D., Pennsylvania,
USA, ovarian cancer,
- Gina, Pennsylvania, USA, recurrent germ
cell ovarian cancer
- Ginny, Delaware, USA, ovarian cancer, stage 3c
- Julie S., Montana, USA, ovarian cancer
- Lisa C., Connecticut, USA, ovarian cancer, stage 3
- Margaret, Pennsylvania,
USA, ovarian cancer
- Roberta, Pennsylvania,
USA, ovarian cancer
- Sophia C., Maryland,
USA, ovarian cancer, stage 1 (w/endometrial - duel primary)
- Terri A., Michigan, USA, ovarian cancer, stage 3c
Answers from the Pros on ovarian cancer
Resources for learning more about ovarian cancer
Get support for ovarian cancer
Talk about ovarian cancer
Find a support group "on the ground" near you
Get active about ovarian cancer
September is National Ovarian Cancer Month in the U.S.
September is the USA's National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. EOTP
wants to make sure you are informed about ovarian cancer risk, detection,
and treatment and have the opportunity to help generate more awareness
of ovarian cancer, the so-called "whispering" cancer. The National
Ovarian Cancer Coalition says it this way:
Ovarian Cancer. It whispers...so listen!
Following is a list of things we can do, no matter
which country we live in, to promote awareness of ovarian cancer among
our medical providers, grandmothers, mothers, aunts, nieces, daughters
- Learn to listen to the whisper! Make sure you and your loved
ones have a yearly pelvic exam and know the whispering symptoms of ovarian
- Bloating, a feeling of fullness, gas
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Nausea, indigestion, constipation, or diarrhea
- Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse
- Fatigue, backaches
See your gynecologist if these symptoms persist. Ask for a combination
pelvic/rectal exam, CA125 blood test,
and a transvaginal sonogram.
- Walk in the National Ovarian
Cancer Coalition's (NOCC) Walk for the Whisper or participate in
other awareness events in your area.
- Wear the teal ribbon for ovarian cancer awareness.
- Write to your local media and tell them that you think that
developing a reliable ovarian cancer screening test for all women is
essential and that the public needs more coverage of gynecologic cancers.
Direct them to pr@EyesOnThePrize.Org if they want personal stories of ovarian cancer survivors.
- Contact your political representatives and tell them you want
more money for research on ovarian cancer early detection, especially
a reliable screening test.
- US citizens: write to
your members of Congress and urge them to support the bill H.R.
326 to amend the Public Health Act to fund ovarian cancer research and
- Write or call your local health program on radio or TV. Tell
them about National Ovarian Cancer month in the US and about EyesOnThePrize.Org
Have them contact pr@EyesOnThePrize.Org for follow-up.
- Provide your medical providers an EyesOnThePrize.Org
poster and handout cards for newly diagnosed women in their offices!
Print the poster and cards out from the tools section of EyesOnThePrize.Org
- Wear the Iris and EOTP logo on our EyesOnThePrize.Org
sweatshirts or T-shirts. When friends and family ask about it you
can proudly tell them that you wear it to increase awareness of ovarian
and all gynecologic cancers.
- Tell us your ideas for ovarian cancer awareness so we can share them at the Advocacy section
Many thanks to the members
of the NOCC/Pittsburgh
Division for their help in putting this "Focus on Ovarian