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Today is the 4th Annual Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence- Help Us Make an Impact!

April 7, 2016

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We are participating in the Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence today and we hope that you will too. The world we live in is often over-stimulated. To break through the noise, a simple act of silence can go a long way in creating and spreading awareness. Join us in the mission to give women diagnosed with ovarian cancer a better chance. Together we can make a positive influence.

See the quick facts about Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence below and please share:

When is Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What is Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence?

It is a day to raise awareness of the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer and encourage women to be their own health advocates.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone and everyone! Men, women, students alike can join the ovarian cancer fight with this campaign.

How Do You Participate?

You take a vow of silence for all or part of the day encouraging women to listen for the signs of ovarian cancer and honoring those have been forever silenced by the disease. Participants may use teal tape, teal awareness ribbons, teal wristbands, our resources or any other means to help spread ovarian cancer awareness.

Why Did the Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence Begin?

The Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence is dedicated in loving memory to Carol Watterson, the mother of the Bethany Watterson who founded Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence. In 2012, Bethany started the campaign to support her mother who was battling a recurrence of stage IV ovarian cancer in the brain and meninges. Sadly, Carol passed away on September 23, 2013 from the disease.

What Are Some of the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating, feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes

How Can I Share My Commitment of Being Silent?

  • You can share your commitment to your social media networks and “Like” and share to the main Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence Facebook page located here:
  • Talk about the day and promote the campaign to raise awareness and build support for the day.
  • Direct others to and share

The impact of this day depends on the support and participation so thank you for taking the time to learn more about Ovarian Cancer Day of Silence. We hope you can join us.

More About Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that 1 in 5 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer has an inherited genetic change that caused their cancer, but only 30% have undergone testing?

Experts recommend that women who have ovarian cancer learn about genetic testing. Genetic information can affect treatment and improve outcomes for women with ovarian cancer and their relatives.

Click the links to learn more about new targeted treatments, find a genetics expert, sign up for personalized support, and to take our survey to help us help others. Thank you!

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