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Toronto, Canada – May 3, 2023 – May 8, 2023, marks the 11th World Ovarian Cancer Day, a day where individuals and organizations from around the world come together in solidarity to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and advocate for better care and treatment for those affected by the disease.
Established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer advocacy organizations around the world, World Ovarian Cancer Day is the flagship awareness-raising initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition. With close to 200 organizations supporting the cause, this day has become a crucial date in the calendar for those fighting against ovarian cancer.
In 2022, the reach of World Ovarian Cancer Day was well over 100 million globally, with close to 28 million reached through the Coalition’s social media channels alone. With the help of partner organizations and sponsors, the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition aims to raise even greater awareness this year.
This year’s campaign theme is “No Woman Left Behind,” and the Coalition has an updated Get Involved Guide to help individuals and organizations participate in the day. The guide includes facts and figures, links to social media artwork, posters, and Zoom/virtual meeting backgrounds. Additionally, the DIY post/poster generator provides a quick and easy way for individuals to get involved by providing suggested text for their posts.
Ovarian cancer is a serious disease that affects millions of women around the world. If nothing is done, it is projected that by 2040 over four million women will be lost to ovarian cancer. However results from their 2018 Every Woman Study™ have shown that 9 out of 10 women experience symptoms prior to their diagnosis, and 69% of women have little to no awareness of ovarian cancer prior to their diagnosis. The more women know about ovarian cancer, the more quickly they can seek medical attention, leading to a better chance of starting and tolerating treatment.
The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition is calling on the global community to come together on May 8th and help raise awareness about ovarian cancer. With support, a world where no woman is left behind in the fight against ovarian cancer is within reach.
About the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Formally established in 2016, the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition is the only global not-for-profit focused on ovarian cancer. Working with close to 200 patient advocacy organisations around the world, the Coalition is determined that every woman with ovarian cancer should have the best chance of survival and best quality of life – wherever she may live.
The Coalition builds on the significant impact of the annual flagship ovarian cancer awareness campaign – World Ovarian Cancer Day, started in 2013 and the ground-breaking Every Woman Study™ published in 2018. The Coalition launched a Global Ovarian Cancer Charter at the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) annual meeting in 2020. The Charter, a living document, pivots around six Global Goals and is a clear call-to-action for all those committed to improving survival and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. In 2022 and in partnership with IGCS, the Coalition is undertaking the Every Woman Study™: Low- and Middle-Income Edition in 24 countries.. This next generation of the Study will for the first-time detail the experiences of women living with an ovarian cancer diagnosis in settings that, for a number of reasons, have been until now overlooked. Initial results from this Study are due out early 2024.
Director of Marketing and Communications
World Ovarian Cancer Coalition