October 17, 2008
Raising awareness about ovarian cancer

ocean information tableOvarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States. In recognition of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the MGH's Ovarian Cancer Education Awareness Network (OCEAN) hosted an information table Sept. 24 to educate employees, patients and visitors about the symptoms, screenings and treatments for this deadly disease. Founded eight years ago by MGH ovarian cancer survivors and their families, OCEAN aims to raise awareness, promote education and raise support for ovarian cancer research at the OCEAN@MGH Comprehensive Tumor and Blood Bank for the Study of Ovarian Cancer. In addition to its public awareness campaigns, the organization's fundraising efforts include an annual golf tournament and road race.   

For more information about OCEAN, e-mail ocean@mgh.harvard.edu or visit www.ovariancancerawareness.org.

HELPING WOMEN: MGH employees Wanda Ponte, RN, left, and Judy Shea, RN, far right, help promote awareness and education about ovarian cancer.

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