World Ovarian Cancer Day
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all gynecologic cancers, and is characterized around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.
May 8th, 2013, was the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day, ovarian cancer organizations from around the world united to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day has built, and will continue to build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.
In 2009, representatives from patient organizations working in ovarian cancer around the globe came together for the first time in a two day workshop, to discuss the common issues they faced in their work. Unlike more common cancers, there are significant challenges as the disease has been largely overlooked and underfunded to this point. Symptoms which are similar to those of less serious illnesses, the absence of an early detection test, and the resulting late diagnosis and poor outcomes means there are few survivors of the disease to become advocates. This initial meeting galvanized the community to begin thinking about what could be accomplished on a global level to begin changing this.
Symptoms are often misdiagnosed, as they can be confused with symptoms of other less severe illnesses, particularly gastrointestinal complaints.
By coming together since that first meeting, the group has considered the many gaps in understanding and managing the disease, building awareness in the general public about symptoms and the importance of family history, and increasing funding for research .The idea of a Global Awareness Day for Ovarian Cancer was put forward and embraced by all participants as an important joint international action creating a powerful momentum.
A brand for World Ovarian Cancer Day, ‘World Embrace’, was developed and launched to the international group in March 2013 in preparation for this important day.
For more information on World Ovarian Cancer Day visit: www.ovariancancerday.org
Teal Wings of Hope has yearly events on this Special Day 8th May Make sure you register for our newsletter so you can be kept up to date with what is happening here in Australia so you can share spreading the word with us and help us save lives.
Why It is Important That Teal Wings of Hope & Other Organisations need to Spread Their Wings not only nationally but globally.
Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the
disease is responsible for 140,000 deaths annually. Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian
cancer are likely to survive for five years compared with 89% of women with breast cancer. Women in developed and developing countries are similarly affected by ovarian cancer.
Until There Is A Test Awareness Is Best
There is no test for the early detection of ovarian cancer, a disease characterized around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal complaints. Symptoms include:
increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
difficulty eating / feeling full quickly
abdominal or pelvic pain
needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently.
Approximately 15% of cases of ovarian cancer are due to family history. This means having a close blood relation (mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt or niece) on either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family who has had breast cancer before the age of 50 or ovarian cancer at any age.
In addition to sharing symptom and risk information, WOCD will also focus on prevention of ovarian cancer.
Social Media Allows All Of Us To Participate. You Can Help Us Spread The Word.
WOCD’s social media campaign includes the WOCD website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To help raise awareness and show international involvement in the inaugural year, partner organizations and individuals from many countries wore teal and posed for photos in front of well-known landmarks holding signs featuring the WOCD ‘world embrace’ logo. These photographs were shared around the world. Other activities included public awareness events at train and subway stations, and information tables and education sessions at hospitals and cancer centres. May 8, 2015 also saw governmental proclamations and “lighting the world in teal” – the colour that represents ovarian cancer.