Added by Pat Williams on May 8, 2014
Today marks the second annual World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD), signifying a day of international unity and combined strength for the 250,000 women who are diagnosed and the 140,000 women who will die of the disease globally each year.
This year, 59 organisations from 24 countries have pledged their support, unified by a crucial objective of increasing awareness of ovarian cancer and connecting people internationally with the resources available to educate others.
Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO Alison Amos said as the peak national body for ovarian cancer in Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia is proud to represent Australian women in this global campaign.
“It is imperative that we work closely with our international colleagues as we combine and amplify each other’s efforts to achieve significant momentum in the global movement to overcome this devastating disease,” she said.
As part of its contribution to the evolving national ovarian cancer research effort, Ovarian Cancer Australia is leading the development of a National Action Plan, in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, women with ovarian cancer, industry stakeholders, and other cancer charities and organisations.
Ms Amos said the Plan will provide a blueprint to clearly define priorities for research investment and guide collaborations between researchers and funders.
“We are living in a time where there is truly great potential for the experience of ovarian cancer to be improved for women throughout the world – and this demands of us focused, coordinated and collaborative efforts,” she said.
“Developing sustainable models for research funding with transparency and the highest standards of accountability at their core is essential to our progress, and vital in achieving our vision to save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.”
The theme for this year’s World Ovarian Cancer Day is One Voice for Every Woman with a focus of asking people to make a pledge at ovariancancerday.org to send an e-awareness message to five others who, in turn, are encouraged to pass it along to five more and so on, spreading the message across the globe.
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer; of the estimated 1,400 women that are be diagnosed with it each year, an estimated 400 survive.
To support the cause Ovarian Cancer Australia suggests:
Find out more by visiting ovariancancerday.org and ovariancancer.net.au
About Ovarian Cancer Australia
Ovarian Cancer Australia provides support for women and their families, raises community awareness of ovarian cancer, advocates for improved services for women and promotes and funds research. Ovarian Cancer Australia’s vision is to save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. Their work is guided by their core values of Optimism, Community and Accountability.
Ovarian Cancer Australia has developed an ambitious strategic plan for 2013 to 2016 to develop and grow its support, awareness, advocacy and research programs. In order to achieve their ambitious plan, organisational growth and increased funding is critical.
Ovarian Cancer Australia is the peak national body for ovarian cancer and was founded in 2001 by a group of people who had been affected by ovarian cancer, either themselves or through someone they loved.