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We advance ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.

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Register for OCRFA's Ovarian Cancer National Conference

Join us for an informative and transformative weekend of inspiration and hope, July 13-15 in Washington DC. Meet other survivors, patients and caregivers, hear from experts, and make lasting connections with others who have been touched by ovarian cancer.

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Know Your Risks

About 20 to 25 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease.

Learn about your risks

Risk Factors

Many factors can increase or decrease a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Increases Risk

  • Family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
  • Genetic mutations like BRCA
  • Post-menopausal
  • Increased age

Decreases Risk

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Use of oral contraceptives

Know the Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Pelvic / Abdominal Pain
  • Urinary Frequency

If these symptoms occur for more than 2 weeks and these symptoms are new or unusual for you, see a gynecologist and ask about ovarian cancer. Research shows that seeing a gynecologic oncologist for surgery and treatment significantly improves outcomes.

Spring Advocacy Day

OCRFA and our amazing advocates brought #TealAction to Capitol Hill on March 6, highlighting the need for increased ovarian cancer research funding and support at the federal level. Together, we are the voice of the ovarian cancer community. Join us for our next Advocacy Day on July 16th!

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Latest News

  • The 2018 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

    (May 18, 2018) Just last month, three of OCRFA’s research advocates attended the 5 day AACR meeting in Chicago, Illinois to learn about new therapies and innovative technology, stay up to date on current projects, and attend lectures from ovarian cancer researchers such as Dr. Anil Sood of MD Anderson and Dr. Dineo Khabele of… More

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy After Oophorectomy Is Not Shown to Increase Risk of Breast Cancer in BRCA1 Mutation Carriers

    (May 4, 2018) JAMA Oncology recently published a study that looked at the risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 carriers who underwent a prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, a surgery that removes both ovaries before any sign of disease, followed by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Eight hundred and seventy two women were followed for around 7.5 years… More

  • OCRFA Funded Study Focuses on the Dissemination of Ovarian Cancer

    (April 27, 2018) An OCRFA supported study, recently published in Oncogene, delved into the mechanics of how ovarian cancer spreads throughout the body. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, including OCRFA grantee and lead author Ie-Ming Shih, MD, PhD, investigated spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK), which is heavily involved in ovarian cancer tumor progression, in an effort to… More


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