PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and the World Ovarian Cancer Foundation joined to celebrate World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD). WOCD is observed annually on May 8. The awareness day was established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer patient advocacy organizations from around the world. Recognizing the need for global action to create understanding of the disease and bring together the ovarian cancer community in solidarity in the fight against this disease. In 2016, these leaders came together to formally establish the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Today, the WOCD campaign is supported by over 130 patient advocacy organizations from around the world and is the flagship awareness-raising initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Globally, ovarian cancer deaths are estimated to climb by nearly 70% in the next two decades. In the United states 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an estimated 14,240 women will die from the disease in 2018. Generating awareness of this deadly disease, its symptoms and new treatments can directly affect these statistics by promoting earlier detection which is the best chance of survival.
The Every Woman Study is one of the initiatives from the World Cancer Coalition. The study is a review of global ovarian cancer statistics, interviews with women and clinicians around the world, and a survey of women with ovarian cancer. To date over 1,000 women in 39 countries have participated. The study is guided by an international expert panel of ovarian cancer clinicians and patients.
“By surveying women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer we will be able to better serve those who are diagnosed in the future,” said Robin Cohen, co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and board member of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition. “The new generation of women who are surviving ovarian cancer is a testament to the continued awareness, innovation and research of ovarian cancer that have led to new, successful treatments. On World Ovarian Cancer Day we strive to reach all women with our message to know the symptoms of what is so tragically a silent killer.”
About The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, now celebrating its 17th year, was created as a tribute to the life, character, and immense strength of Sandy Rollman. Sandy passed away from advanced ovarian cancer in May 2000. Prior to diagnosis, Sandy experienced many textbook symptoms. Her symptoms were whispering only no one was listening. The tragic result was that Sandy never had a chance against ovarian cancer.
Her sister Adriana Way and her nurse Robin Cohen decided to keep Sandy’s memory alive while trying to prevent other women from having to endure the same pain as she did. It is in Sandy’s memory and the memory of all women who have succumbed to this insidious disease, that the Foundation has dedicated their efforts to help conquer ovarian cancer. Sandy Rollman was a fighter in the truest sense of the word. It would have been a mistake to just give up.
World Ovarian Cancer Coalition (WOCC)
The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a not-for-profit organization, established in 2016, working across the globe to reduce the impact ovarian cancer has on the lives of women and their loved ones. The WOCC’s mission is to ensure the best possible chance of survival, and the best quality of life for every woman with ovarian cancer – wherever she lives. The WOCC works with over 130 ovarian cancer patient advocacy Partner organizations from around the world. World Ovarian Cancer Day and The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition Every Woman Study are initiatives of the WOCC.