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Northern Virginia Chapter Of The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition


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Northern Virginia Chapter Of The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Last updated on March 17, 2014

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The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer in the northern area of Virginia.

Our Chapter is comprised of ovarian cancer survivors, their families and friends, and health care professionals. We invite anyone with an interest in raising awareness about ovarian cancer to join our efforts.

Description:
The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.

There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. Until there is a test, the key to early diagnosis is awareness. And the key to awareness is knowing the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to take early action and live. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers. Our programs are possible only with the help of our volunteers; committed men and women dedicated to the mission of the NOCC in communities across the country. We encourage you to join them.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer. Together, we can break the silence.

History:
We have done much since Christine Rohrer founded our Chapter in 2000. We use television, printed media and roadside billboards to make sure the word gets out about ovarian cancer. Our chapter participates in many area health fairs to distribute information and speaks to groups to answer any questions that may come up about ovarian cancer. We have donated I-Pods and lap desks to infusion clinic for the patients to use while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Also, we donated a camera & bulletin board to an infusion clinic. We donated the book "Turning Heads" to several infusion clinics to let women see how beautiful they are while undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, we distribute ovarian cancer awareness bookmarks to local bookstores during September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Contact people:

 Kristen Guerrera, Volunteer Coordinator, (703) 349-2135, (email)
Chris Hammond, Operations Manager, (email)


Main office number: (571) 294-6913

Address:

 P. O. Box 2083
Merrifield, VA 22116
This location is handicap accessible

Web Site: http://www.ovarian.org/nvirginia
Last updated on March 17, 2014

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