TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope. This year,
Canadians in 49 cities across the country raised more than $2.6 million
to help overcome ovarian cancer - the country's most fatal women's
cancer. Participants are still fundraising and the total raised is
continuing to increase. It was also a milestone year as this national
event reached a cumulative total of $10 million raised over the last 10
"Yesterday over 11,000 people from across the country joined together
for the common cause of overcoming ovarian cancer - a disease that is
often overlooked and under-diagnosed," says Elisabeth Ross, CEO of
Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Since there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, the disease is most
often diagnosed at a late stage when a woman's five-year survival rate
is less than 30%.
"We are incredibly grateful for the support of all participants,
volunteers, sponsors and donors for making yesterday's Walk of Hope
such a huge success. The money that was raised will go a long way in
helping women and their families impacted by this disease. In fact, it
will help all women," says Ross.
As September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, all women are
encouraged to be aware of the signs and symptoms which include:
swelling or bloating of the abdomen, pelvic discomfort or heaviness,
difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms (urgency
or frequency). Other symptoms may include a change in bowel habits,
nausea, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, and weight loss or gain.
Women with one or more of these symptoms that last for three weeks or
longer should see their doctor.
Ovarian Cancer Canada would like to thank the following sponsors for
their support: Winners, presenting sponsor; Electrolux, premium
sponsor; HomeSense, KPMG, Blue Cross and Sierra Systems, national
About Ovarian Cancer Canada:
Ovarian Cancer Canada is the country's only charity dedicated solely to
overcoming ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Canada supports women living
with the disease and their families; raises awareness among the public
and health care professionals; and funds research toward the
development of a screening test for the early detection of ovarian
cancer, improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure. Visit www.ovariancanada.org for more information or to donate.
SOURCE Ovarian Cancer Canada
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Ovarian Cancer Canada