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September Is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Body, Know the Symptoms

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Article provided by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) mission is to reach huge amounts of woman in the United States this September in an effort to educate them about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. With the help of leading businesses like Cartier, Eli Lilly, Merck, Nationwide Insurance and A-list celebrities such as Janet Jackson, Danica Patrick and Kathy Bates, OCNA is off to a good start.

With the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives proclaiming September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the federal government signaled its commitment to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer. During September, hundreds of grass-roots activities will take place including health fairs, runs, fundraisers and events.

In fact, some localities will literally “Turn the Towns Teal” by draping trees, doors, windows, cars and anything else they can find with colorful teal ribbons. Mayors and Governors from across the United States also will be proclaiming September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

OCNA’s 45 Partner Members nationwide are working diligently in preparation for September. “Our goal is to inform one million women in Arizona about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in 2008. If we can identify the symptoms earlier, more women’s lives would be saved”, says Annette Leal Mattern, President of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona.“

With the help of the community and local businesses such as KPHO CBS 5, Sonoran Living Live, Clear Channel, WNBA Mercury, MLB Diamondbacks and McGough Construction, Arizona is nearly half way toward reaching our goal.”

Raising awareness about ovarian cancer on a national and local level is essential because the disease is so daunting. The number of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in its early stages is so small, that survival rates continue to be low. In the more than 30 years since the War on Cancer was declared, ovarian cancer mortality rates have not significantly improved. Death rates are virtually stagnant. About 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 and about 15,000 women will die from the disease.

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