DALLAS, Oct. 3 On September 30, 2008, President Bushsigned a funding measure that earmarked $20 million for the Department ofDefense (DoD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program in FY 2009 -- a landmarkoccasion for members of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) and theovarian cancer community who have been advocating for an increase in fundingfrom the $10 million allocated in recent years.
NOCC Massachusetts Chapter President Barbara O'Brien, an ovarian cancersurvivor, was one of many NOCC members petitioning for an increase in ovariancancer funding to help improve the low survival rate of patients throughresearch focused on early detection, screening and treatment.
"Because there is no screening tool available, an estimated 75 percent ofpatients are not diagnosed in the early stages," said O'Brien. "In addition toimproving early diagnosis, the increase in funding is critical to the researchand discovery of new and effective treatment options for women with ovariancancer."
Ovarian cancer is the leading killer among women's reproductive cancers.This year alone, more than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancerand more than 15,000 will die from it. Nevertheless, only 15 percent of womenare familiar with the symptoms, and 82 percent have never talked to theirdoctor about the symptoms and risk factors of the disease, according to NOCC's"Break the Silence" survey of more than 1,000 women.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors
In June 2007, NOCC, along with the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and othernational organizations announced the first national consensus on ovariancancer symptoms. Women who have the following symptoms almost daily for morethan a few weeks should see their gynecologist and ask for a rectovaginal examand transvaginal ultrasound.
Common risk factors of the disease include genetic predisposition,personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer, increasing ageand undesired infertility. If a woman's risk factors fit any of thesecriteria, she should proactively inform her doctor.
About National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
Since its inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communitiesacross the country through education and support. As the first and onlynational ovarian cancer organization with a network of more than 80 Chaptersthroughout the United States, NOCC has established itself as the leadingadvocate for patients and families struggling with ovarian cancer. Committedvolunteers work together to advance NOCC's mission through a toll-free HelpLine, comprehensive web site, peer support, professional education, thepromotion of research, publications and Break the Silence, a nationaleducation program to facilitate greater awareness and dialogue about ovariancancer. For more information about the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition,visit http://www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) charitableorganization that provides help and hope about ovarian cancer with publiceducation and awareness, state divisions, a toll-free Help Line, comprehensiveweb site, peer support, publications and special projects. The NationalOvarian Cancer Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and promote educationabout ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survivalrate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. For more informationon the "Break the Silence" campaign and to contact one of the local NOCC localdivisions, visit http://www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.The symptoms include: -- Bloating -- Pelvic or abdominal pain -- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly -- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
SOURCE National Ovarian Cancer Coalition