Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) Joins Forces with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

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Two ovarian cancer nonprofits will team up to spread an important message of awareness and education to the United States.

Education and Awareness are the keys to early detection and better survival rates

Chicago-based Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) has joined forces with The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to create a strategic partnership that will better educate the public about the signs and symptoms of one of the deadliest cancers to strike women.

“There is no screening test, no early detection tool, and every woman is at risk for ovarian cancer,” states David Barley, CEO of NOCC. “Education and awareness are the keys to early detection and better survival rates. This joint effort is a big step forward for the ovarian education movement which enables NOCC and OCSA and other like-minded organizations to continue to engage in unique ways to spread the word about this important cause.”

Four of the most common symptoms: bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating and frequent urination, are warning signs that are often ignored by women. As a result, ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it reaches advanced stages. This year, over 22,280 women in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 70% of diagnosed women will die from the disease.

“This strategic partnership between NOCC and OCSA will focus on developing and implementing new and creative awareness solutions to inform women and their families about the ‘silent’ symptoms of this disease, as well as the benefits of early treatment for ovarian cancer,” Barley continues. “We are pleased we could conclude the month of September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, with this notable collaboration.”

“We are excited about joining NOCC and will continue our dedication to the utilization of our collective talents and resources to increase awareness that can lead to earlier treatment, which can save lives,” says Vallie Szymanski, executive director of OCSA. .

The strategic partnership was announced September 28 during a joint meeting between the two organizations at The Signature Room at the 95th® in Chicago. This cooperative effort also establishes Chicago, with its ties to the global business community, as a hub for international outreach.

Julian Schink, M.D., a member of the NOCC Medical Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of OCSA, is credited with bringing the two organizations together. His professional involvement is deeply rooted in managing women’s health as the Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and the John and Ruth Brewer Professor of Gynecology and Cancer Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also treated the co-founder of OCSA, Susan Roman, during her fight with ovarian cancer until her passing in March 2012. OCSA was founded by Chicagoans Rick and Susan Roman and their friend Vallie Szymanski, after Susan was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer in August of 2009.

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, with over 30 chapters across the United States, is to increase education and promote awareness of ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with the disease. NOCC is the largest and oldest ovarian cancer awareness and education organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1995, NOCC has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education, support and hope for women with ovarian cancer, caregivers and the medical community. For more information on the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, please visit http://www.ovarian.org or call 888-OVARIAN and Follow NOCC online at facebook.com/noccnational and on Twitter @NOCCNational.

About the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA)
OCSA is a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable organization founded in 2010 to educate women and their families about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need for early detection and treatment. Donations to OCSA are deductible as a charitable gift. For questions concerning tax deductibility, please consult a tax advisor. Follow the accomplishments of this nonprofit on Facebook, on Twitter @ocsachicagoorg, or visit http://www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org.

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