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Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers that affect women. In the United States in 2010, the American Cancer Society predicts there will be 21,880 new cases of ovarian cancer and 13,850 deaths.1 When detected at its earliest stage, ovarian cancer has a greater than 93% 5-year survival.1 Only 19% of cases are found in the earliest stages, however, because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and good methods of early detection are not yet available.2 Around 70% of patients with ovarian cancer will have a recurrence, depending on the stage at which it was diagnosed.3

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. To help spread awareness about ovarian cancer and share facts about risk, detection, recurrence, and treatment, events such as ovarian cancer runs and candlelight vigils will be held in towns nationwide throughout the month.

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Event: Turn the Towns Teal

What: Volunteers will tie teal ribbons around towns nationwide and distribute symptom cards and literature about ovarian cancer.

When: Wednesday, September 1 to Thursday, September 30

Where: Nationwide

More info: www.turnthetownsteal.org

Event: 4th Annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Rally

What: The AROVCC, survivors, caretakers, family, and friends will rally media attention; the State of Arkansas Proclamation will be presented, declaring September National Ovarian Cancer Month for the State; speakers will address the disease.

When: Tuesday, August 31, 10:30 AM

Where: Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas

More info: www.arkansasovariancancer.com

Event: Wear Teal Day

What: Wear teal to spread the word about ovarian cancer.

When: Friday, September 3

Where: Nationwide

Event: The Linda F. Kelly Foundation 3rd Annual Scrap a Way To a Cure

What: Full day of scrapbooking, shopping at vendors who donate a portion of proceeds to the foundation, speakers, and giveaways

When: Saturday, September 11, 9 AM to 5 PM

Where: 1400 Convention Dr., Fort Mill, South Carolina

More info: http://www.lindafkellyfoundation.org/Events.html

Event: 11th Annual Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer

What: 5K run and 2K walk hosted by the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance

When: Saturday, September 11

Where: Rosland Park, 4300 West 66th Street, Edina, Minnesota

More info: www.mocawalkrun.kintera.org

Event: Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer

What: Walk/runs nationwide held by local chapters of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

When: Varies

Where: Nationwide locations

More info: For walk locations and dates, http://www.ovarian.org/walks.php

Event: Brewers vs Chicago Cubs

What: Tailgate and game sponsored by the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance; join 400 people with teal shirts will spread awareness about ovarian cancer.

When: Saturday, September 11

More info: www.wisconsinovariancancer.com for prices and package

Event: 2nd Annual Tell Every Amazing Lady (T.E.A.L.) About Ovarian Cancer Walk

What: Non-competitive 5K event

When: Saturday, September 11, 10 AM

Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York

More info: http://www.tealwalk.org/

Event: Turn Up the Volume on Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run

What: This walk/run will raise funds to advance research on ovarian cancer.

When: Sunday, September 12, 1 PM to 2 PM

Where: Harrisburg Area Community College, 1 HACC Drive Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

More info: contact Shelli San Martin at [email protected]

Event: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Nite with the Phillies

What: Philadelphia Phillies will host the Washington Nationals; net proceeds from tickets sold will benefit the NOCC.

When: Friday, September 17, 7:05 PM

Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More info: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/group/splash.jsp?loc=nocc

Event: Teal Magnolias Ladies Golf Tournament – Big Bend Chapter

What: 3rd annual golf tournament featuring women golfers and gentlemen caddies

When: Monday, September 20

Where: Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee, Florida

More info: [email protected].

Event: Teal Lights Celebration – Illinois Chapter

What: Buildings in downtown Chicago will be decorated with teal lights from September 10 through September 24; an informal networking and fundraising event will be held on September 24

When: Friday, September 24

Where: The Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

More info: http://www.ovarian.org/chapter_seminars_and_events_view.php?id=70

Event: 6th Annual Teal Triumphs Over Ovarian Cancer

What: Community awareness and fundraising event run by Ovacome Ovarian Cancer Support & Advocacy of Tampa Bay

When: Friday, September 24, 5:30 PM

Where: Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, Tampa, Florida

More info: www.tealtriumphs.com

Event: Ovary Bowl – NW Ohio/SE Michigan Chapter

What: Bowling to raise money to benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

When: Saturday, September 25

Where: TBA

More info: http://www.ovarian.org/chapter_seminars_and_events_view.php?id=54 or e-mail[email protected]

Event: 11th Annual Jersey Shore Walkathon

What: 1, 3, or 5 mile ovarian cancer walkathon

When: Saturday, September 25, 9:20 AM

Where: Avon-by-the-Sea Boardwalk, 600 Ocean Avenue, Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey

More info: http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/events/displayevents.aspx?item=3547

Event: Dessert with the doctors/candlelight vigil – Iowa Chapter

What: Dessert; candle light vigil in honor of those affected by ovarian cancer; speakers

When: Sunday, September 26

Where: West Gardens of the Capital, Des Moines, Iowa

More info: http://www.ovarian.org/chapter_seminars_and_events_view.php?id=76

Event: A Zeal for Teal Brunch

What: 10th anniversary brunch and salute to healthcare professionals dedicated to the care of women with ovarian cancer sponsored by the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation

When: Sunday, October 10, 11 AM to 3 PM

Where: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey

More info: http://www.kohnj.org/index.html


1. Cancer Facts & Figures 2010. American Cancer Society.http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsfigures/cancerfactsfigures/cancer-facts-and-figures-2010. Accessed July 19, 2010.

2. What is Ovarian Cancer. http://www.ovarian.org/what_is_ovarian_cancer.php. Accessed July 19, 2010.

3. Treatment. Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/treatment/. Accessed July 19, 2010.