Canadians raise over $2.6 million for ovarian cancer

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 years.

"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 sponsors.

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

For further information:

Media contact:
Ashley Thorpe
Communications Manager
Ovarian Cancer Canada
1-416-885-5778
athorpe@ovariancanada.org

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