SOURCE: Ovarian Cancer Canada

April 30, 2013 13:57 ET

Canada Takes a Leading Role in the Inaugural World Ovarian Cancer Day - May 8th, 2013

TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - April 30, 2013) - May 8th, 2013, is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day, 27 ovarian cancer organizations from 18 countries around the world will unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day will build a sense of solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year.

Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer. 

In Canada there are 17,000 women living with this disease and another 2,600 will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.

This day will bring information and build awareness of the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. 

"Realizing a World Ovarian Cancer Day is remarkable. Uniting organizations around the globe with a focused message for the first time ever in support of ovarian cancer will get the attention of the media and individuals that this disease needs. When people join together great things happen. Look at the success of breast cancer over the last 15 years -- see what they have accomplished -- it is time for ovarian cancer now," says Elisabeth Ross, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada, Chair of the World Ovarian Cancer Day committee. 

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About Ovarian Cancer Canada

Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. Our mission is to overcome ovarian cancer by supporting women living with the disease and their families, raising awareness in the general public and with healthcare professionals and funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

Events will be taking place across Canada. For detailed information please visit or call Karen CinqMars at 416-962-2700 ext. 230 or email at

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