WHAT IS WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY?
Each year on May 8th, women living with ovarian cancer, their families and supporters, along with patient advocacy organizations from around the world, come together to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) is the one day of the year we all raise our voices in solidarity across the world in the fight against this disease.
The first World Ovarian Cancer Day took place in 2013. World Ovarian Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Why do we need World Ovarian Cancer Day?
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all female cancers. Most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat. There are often delays in diagnosing ovarian cancer. That is because there is no early detection test, and symptoms are often confused with symptoms of other less severe illnesses, particularly gastrointestinal complaints.
Five-year ovarian cancer survival rates vary around the world, ranging from 30% to 45%. By comparison, five-year survival rates for women with breast cancer range from 80% to 90%.
Ovarian cancer is overlooked and underfunded – yet every woman in the world is at risk of developing this disease.
That is why we need World Ovarian Cancer Day!
World Ovarian Cancer Day makes a difference
The impact of World Ovarian Cancer Day continues to increase! In 2018, the World Ovarian Cancer Day awareness campaign reached over 420,000 people, with supporters from 50 different countries and 45 different languages taking part.
Every time the World Ovarian Cancer Day awareness messages are shared – every Tweet, retweet, Facebook post, Like and Share – you are helping to spread the ovarian cancer message around the world. Your voice has power.