September Is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

As the month of September brings ovarian cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated ovarian cancer information throughout the year.

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The ACS estimates that in 2010 there will be approximately 22,000 new cases in the United States and almost 14,600 deaths related to ovarian cancer.[1]

The high death rate associated with ovarian cancer is largely attributed to the fact that the disease is often diagnosed once it has already become advanced, making effective treatment difficult. It’s also important to note, however, that progress is being made in research and in public awareness, as campaigns promote prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing ovarian cancer and of detecting disease in its early, most treatable stages. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you get the best care.

Learning More About Ovarian Cancer

  • To find expanded information on the prevention, screening, and treatment of ovarian cancer and to stay updated with the lasted news on the disease, visit the Ovarian Cancer Information Center at
  • Sign up to receive’s free online ovarian cancer newsletter, which provides disease-specific features, current news, tips, and nutrition and wellness information. Subscribe at
  • Visit the Cancer Care Store for books with topics ranging from personal cancer memoirs to expert nutritional guides about fueling your body to prevent and fight cancer.
  • Join the discussion at! This online community unites cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and anyone interested in wellness and prevention.
  • Hear directly from experts and survivors from the Understanding Cancer video series.
  • Women magazine covers cancer concerns—including prevention, management, survivorship, and caregiving—and how these issues impact women specifically. Sign up for a free one-year subscription at
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[1] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2010. Available at Accessed September 14, 2010.

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