World Ovarian Cancer Day May 8

World Ovarian Cancer Day May 8

World Ovarian Cancer Day is May 8, and people around the world are encouraged to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. This year the theme is Know Now, and the campaign will run April 25 through May 8. We are encouraging everyone to share knowledge and life experiences based on the theme “if I knew then what I know now…” These words of wisdom will be shared along with key information about ovarian cancer – what women need to Know Now.

“In its fourth year, World Ovarian Cancer Day has become a major event and has grown considerably in momentum and reach. This year more than 100 organizations from 32 countries will unite to spread the word and create one voice for every woman,” said Elisabeth Baugh, chair of the World Ovarian Cancer Day international organizing committee and CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada. “As we move through life many of us pause to reflect on what we would have done differently ‘if we knew then what we know now.’ We hope to have hundreds of thousands of people participate in this campaign to share their wisdom and in doing so, tell the world about ovarian cancer.”

“There are incredible organizations throughout the world that get involved in World Ovarian Cancer Day each year. What we all share is a great passion and determination to raise global awareness about ovarian cancer,” said Calaneet Balas, executive vice president of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance based in the United States. “Through these efforts, we connect people internationally with the resources available to educate others and save more women’s lives.”

“World Ovarian Cancer Day is a unique opportunity to work in partnership across the world to spread the word about ovarian cancer and change the course of this disease,” said Annwen Jones, chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer based in London. “When we create a global conversation on World Ovarian Cancer Day, we vastly increase the reach of information about symptoms, risk factors and prevention to those who most need it.”

About ovarian cancer

Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the disease is responsible for 140,000 deaths annually. Statistics show that just 45 percent of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years, compared with 89 percent of women with breast cancer. Women in developed and developing countries are similarly affected by ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal complaints. Symptoms include:

  • increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
  • difficulty eating / feeling full quickly
  • abdominal or pelvic pain
  • needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently.

About the #KnowNow Campaign

To show support for World Ovarian Ovarian Cancer Day this year, organizations around the world will come together to share what they Know Now. Words of wisdom will be shared on teal* ‘sticky notes’ on a virtual Wall of Wisdom, via social media and through community-based activities in local areas.

The #KnowNow campaign launches on April 25, 2016 and runs through to World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, 2016.

Together our growing efforts will ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.

*Teal is the international color of ovarian cancer

For information about ovarian cancer or how to get involved in World Ovarian Cancer Day, please email us at or visit our website at

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