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.
OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS EVENTS 2010
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
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
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
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
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@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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
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.