The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and the World Ovarian Cancer Foundation joined to celebrate World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD). WOCD is observed annually on May 8. The awareness day was established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer patient advocacy organizations from around the world. Recognizing the need for global action to create understanding of the disease and bring together the ovarian cancer community in solidarity in the fight against this disease. In 2016, these leaders came together to formally establish the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The WOCD campaign is supported by over 130 patient advocacy organizations from around the world and is the flagship awareness-raising initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Globally, ovarian cancer deaths are estimated to climb by nearly 70% in the next two decades. In the United states 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an estimated 14,240 women will die from the disease in 2018. Generating awareness of this deadly disease, its symptoms and new treatments can directly affect these statistics by promoting earlier detection which is the best chance of survival.
The Every Woman Study is one of the initiatives from the World Cancer Coalition. The study is a review of global ovarian cancer statistics, interviews with women and clinicians around the world, and a survey of women with ovarian cancer. To date over 1,000 women in 39 countries have participated. The study is guided by an international expert panel of ovarian cancer clinicians and patients.
“By surveying women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer we will be able to better serve those who are diagnosed in the future,” said Robin Cohen, co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and board member of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition. “The new generation of women who are surviving ovarian cancer is a testament to the continued awareness, innovation and research of ovarian cancer that have led to new, successful treatments. On World Ovarian Cancer Day we strive to reach all women with our message to know the symptoms of what is so tragically a silent killer.”