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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

OCRFA's President & CEO Audra Moran shares what's ahead this September and how you can join the fight.


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.

OCRFA Advocacy Day

OCRFA and our amazing advocates brought #TealAction to Capitol Hill, 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.

Become an OCRFA Advocate Leader

Latest News

  • Exploring the Importance of Glycogen in Cancer Metastasis

    (September 14, 2018) A study published in Cell Metabolism explores the use of glycogen by ovarian cancer tumor cells, specifically in an area where metastasis happens quickly, the omentum. The omentum, or fatty tissue in the abdomen, is used by the cancer cells for the energy-heavy fat cells to grow. Once that energy source is… More

  • Support Life-Saving Research for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    We need your help this September. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. #ResearchMatters. Research is the key to defeating this devastating disease. That’s why every day, OCRFA-funded scientists are working to find new ways to prevent ovarian cancer, developing better methods to… More

  • New Clues on the Origins of Ovarian Cancer

    (August 30, 2018) Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have found new clues to the origin of high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC). The majority of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have HGSC, and up to 90 percent of those cases go undetected and undiagnosed until the cancer has spread. Previous studies showed the… More


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