WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY
Every year on May 8th, World Ovarian Cancer Day increases global awareness for this deadly disease. The day also unites those living with ovarian cancer, as well as survivors and their families.
In 2018, the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition estimated nearly 300,000 cases of ovarian cancer across the globe. According to their report, ovarian cancer caused 185,000 deaths. These numbers are also expected to increase by 2040. Ovarian cancer is the 8th most common cancer worldwide and is also the 8th most common cause of death for women. The highest incidences of ovarian cancer occur in Asia and Europe.
The good news is, women can take action to lower their risk of ovarian cancer. Women who exercise at least 30 minutes a day can decrease their risk of ovarian cancer by 20 percent. Along with staying physically active, women should consume foods that are high in Vitamin D and A. Another way to lower the risk of ovarian cancer includes avoiding the use of talcum powder, which is known to contain carcinogens. Women who breastfeed their children also have a lower risk of getting this type of cancer.
According to health experts, only women with symptoms of ovarian cancer need to get tested for it. These symptoms include:
- Suddenly feeling full when eating
- Pain and discomfort in the pelvic area
- Frequent need to urinate
- Changes in bowel habits
- Weight loss
- Extreme fatigue
- Abnormal bleeding, especially during or after menopause
Women with these types of symptoms, or who have family history of ovarian cancer, should see their doctor. The earlier ovarian cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. If it’s not caught early, the cancer could spread to the pelvis and abdomen.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY
Over 170 organizations around the world hold events on this day. These events include educational seminars, walks, and fundraisers. Women are encouraged to have teal parties, which is the official color for ovarian cancer awareness. Women can dress in teal and wear teal-colored accessories.
- Wear teal and ask others to do the same.
- Learn more about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
- Commit to lowering your risk of ovarian cancer by adapting a healthy lifestyle.
- Donate to an organization that funds research for ovarian cancer.
Share this day on social media with #WorldOvarianCancerDay
WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY HISTORY
Leaders from ovarian cancer advocacy organizations established World Ovarian Cancer Day in 2013.