BOCA RATON, Fla--Ovarian cancer survivors have formed the National Ovarian
Cancer Coalition (NOCC), an organization whose main mission is to prevent
deaths from ovarian cancer by advocating for the development of new techniques
for early detection and by raising awareness levels about the disease.
As part of its national outreach, NOCC has established a toll-free line
(1-888-OVARIAN) for women who have been affected by ovarian cancer, including
newly diagnosed women, survivors, family members, and the medical community.
NOCC serves as a resource and referral center for information about ovarian
cancer, and actively hosts educational seminars in the community.
Although there is no universally accepted screening method for ovarian
cancer, there are tests and procedures that may help detect it early. NOCC
uses the slogan "Ovarian Cancer: It Whispers . . . so Listen"
to encourage women and physicians to take advantage of these tools, including
an annual bimanual rectovag-inal pelvic examination.
"If an irregularity is found, the patient should be given a transvaginal
ultrasound and the CA125 test. If one of these proves positive, she needs
to see a gynecologic oncologist for further study," said Gail Hayward,
founder and president.