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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Organizations

by on May 7, 2012

I was trolling through our previous blog posts for some inspiration today – we aren’t focusing on a specific topic right now and I was at a bit of a loss – and realized that though we’ve mentioned them and linked to them, we haven’t really talked about what one might consider to be the main ovarian cancer awareness organizations.

So I’ve decided to remedy that fact.

I was curious so before just launching into the handful of organizations that we’ve already referenced many times (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance), I did a quick GuideStar search on “ovarian cancer” as AJ did in a previous post.  I just wanted to see what came up and what GuideStar has to say about the organizations.

I was pleasantly unsurprised by my results.

As I expected, NOCC and OCNA are the first two organizations listed.  So let’s discuss them for a minute.

NOCC logo

NOCC states their mission to be the following:

The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

The organization has local chapters in 16 states and runs three main awareness and support programs: Break the Silence (the race AJ is going to try to run – she banged up her ankle! – on Sunday is an NOCC Walk/Run to Break the Silence) promoting awareness and public dialog, Take Early Action & Live which promotes education of symptoms to aid in early detection, and There is Hope which is a survivor program.  Read more about them on their webiste ovarian.org or on GuideStar.

OCNA logo

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has a twofold mission:

To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the Alliance advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

They are a national organization focused on advocacy and education of health care professionals.  Their main program is Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives which brings survivors into the classrooms of healthcare professionals so that they can be aware of the symptoms and hopefully diagnose at an early stage.  Read more about them at their website www.ovariancancer.org or on GuideStar.

OCRF logo

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund was the third organization listed by GuideStar and has been referenced here before.  It is dedicated to funding research as the name suggests.  They state their mission as:

Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. … our investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it.

Clearly, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is a highly scientific minded organization awarding 164 research grants worth ~$40 million since 1998.  Read more about their organization at their website www.ocrf.org or on GuideStar.

While the iceberg may not be of Titanic proportions – like say that of breast cancer, these are still just the tip of the ovarian cancer awareness organization iceberg.

You can go to GuideStar.org and search for “ovarian cancer” to take a look at the 156 other organizations listed.

– Marcy

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