National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Delivers Hard-Hitting Message for September National Ovarian Cancer Month

“Not knowing is killing us,” strikes urgent tone in the fight
against ovarian cancer

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KnowOvarian–Since 1998 when former President Bill Clinton proclaimed September to be
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the National Ovarian Cancer
Coalition (NOCC) has leveraged this widespread public attention to
educate women about one of the world’s deadliest cancers. Now
celebrating its 25th anniversary, the NOCC is the oldest and
largest ovarian cancer organization of its kind in the country. NOCC
kicked off its September awareness campaign with the theme, “not knowing
is killing us”. The campaign dramatically points out how devastating
this silent killer can be for the one in 75 women who will battle
ovarian cancer in their lifetime.


“Not knowing is literally killing thousands of women every year. Women
usually don’t feel ‘sick’ early on and since there are no early
detection tests, most women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a very
late stage. The medical community does not yet know enough to
effectively detect and treat the disease in its early stages,” said
David Barley, chief executive officer of NOCC.

At the center of NOCC’s month-long awareness blitz are the
organization’s signature Run/Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian
Cancer
® located in markets across the United States. Each
event celebrates those surviving and thriving and honors those we have
lost to the disease. Not only are these community events the NOCC’s
major fundraiser for the year, they are also the most visible events to
help get the word out about awareness and the steps women can take to
fight ovarian cancer. For anyone interested in participating, the NOCC
urges you to visit http://ovarian.org/knowovarian
to learn more.

The awareness side of the campaign will start with a prominent digital
outdoor board in New York’s famed Times Square. NOCC will also be a key
supporter and collaborator with Stand Up to Cancer, the fifth biennial
televised fundraising special on Friday, September 9 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT / 7
p.m. CT). Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick,
Josh Gad, Niecy Nash, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Ken Jeong,
Marcia Cross, Greg Grunberg, Danielle Campbell, Charlie Wilson, Brittany
Daniel, and SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric will all appear in the
inspiring broadcast. In addition, celebrated recording artists, Celine
Dion and Keith Urban with Little Big Town will perform moving tributes
in honor of all those standing up to cancer.

Proceeds from all donations to NOCC go to help fund groundbreaking
research, community events, early awareness campaigns, and quality of
life programs to support survivors, their loved ones, and caregivers.
Visit ovarian.org to learn more and check out our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLfCzzUQN5M.

About NOCC

Since its inception, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has
been committed to raising awareness, promoting education, and funding
research in support of women, families, and communities touched by
ovarian cancer. NOCC is well established as an important national
advocate for patients and families struggling with ovarian cancer, and
remains steadfast in its mission to save lives by fighting tirelessly to
prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for
survivors. For more information, please visit www.ovarian.org.

Contacts

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Katrina Kuzniuk, 888-OVARIAN
(888-682-7426)
marcomm@ovarian.org