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Front row, from left: Judy Giacchetti, Helen Martin, Pauline Carty, Felix Smit and Stephanie Carty-Kegel. Back row: Christopher Smit, Dr. Paul Lysecki and Dr. Stefan Kegel. The group organizes the Hamilton Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope, which takes place this year on Sept. 7 at Valley Park Recreation Centre.

World Ovarian Cancer Day develops solidarity

May 8 is the second World Ovarian Cancer Day. Ovarian cancer organizations from around the world have united to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day builds a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.

Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in more than 220,000 women, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. Statistics show that just 45 per cent of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years, compared to up to 89 per cent of women with breast cancer.

“Realizing a World Ovarian Cancer Day is remarkable,” said Elisabeth Baugh, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada and chair of the World Ovarian Cancer Day committee. ”Uniting organizations around the globe with a focused message, in support of ovarian cancer will get the attention of the media and individuals we need.  When people join together, great things happen.”

There are 27 different organizations from 18 different countries committed to spreading the word on May 8.

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