This coming Sunday, May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day. This day is dedicating to raising and creating awareness about ovarian cancer. On May 8th, ovarian cancer awareness organisations from around the world will unite to educate communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women worldwide and has the lowest survival rate of all female cancers. It is estimated that only 45% of ovarian cancer sufferers are likely to survive for five years compared to that of 89% for women with breast cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often misdiagnosed especially as symptoms are often similar to gastrointestinal issues. Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed too late when the cancer is in an advanced stage that is not easily treatable.
There are many ways to get involved and help spread the word about raising ovarian cancer awareness. If you would like to know how you can help, contact either the Irish Cancer Society or OvaCare, an ovarian cancer community support organisation.
Spread the word on Twitter by using the hashtags #WOCD, #WorldOvarianCancerDay and #KnowNow