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 2017, the World Ovarian Cancer Day awareness campaign reached over 400,000 people, with supporters from nearly 50 different countries and 40 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.
Map of Organizations
Over 130 ovarian cancer patient organizations from around the world work together year-round as partners of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition (WOCC) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2016, working across the globe to reduce the impact ovarian cancer has on the lives of women and their loved ones. The WOCC’s mission is to ensure the best possible chance of survival, and the best quality of life for every woman with ovarian cancer – wherever she lives.
Participating in WOCD couldn’t be easier! Everything you need to know to get involved is here.
If you are an individual and want to find out about what ovarian cancer patient advocacy organizations in your country are doing for WOCD, you can find a list of patient groups that are part of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition here.
If you want to join the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the not-for-profit organization that is responsible for WOCD, find more out here.
By participating in WOCD, you have the power to make a difference to the lives of the women you know and love – and of women from all around the world!
Ovarian Cancer has the lowest survival rate of all women’s cancers because there are often delays in diagnosis. Awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer is low and symptoms are often confused with symptoms of other, less severe illnesses. Currently, there is no early ovarian cancer detection test. Tragically, most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat.
By taking part in WOCD, you can help to improve survival by raising awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms and of the need for more research to improve early diagnosis and treatments.
Your voice has power!
WOCD is held each year on May 8th. It was established in 2013, by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer patient advocacy organizations from around the world. These leaders saw the need to take global action to raise awareness about the disease and to bring together the ovarian cancer community in solidarity in the fight against this disease.
Since 2013, WOCD has grown from strength to strength. It is supported by over 130 patient advocacy organizations from around the world – and has a social media reach of more than 400,000. WOCD is now the flagship awareness-raising initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The following companies provide sponsorship for World Ovarian Cancer Day. We are grateful for their financial support – and for their participation each year on WOCD.