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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
901 17th Street, N.W., Suite 1190
Washington, DC 20006
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a voluntary, non-profit umbrella organization uniting ovarian cancer survivors, women's health activists, and healthcare professionals in a coordinated effort to focus national attention on ovarian cancer. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and may be easily confused with symptoms associated with other disorders. Such symptoms commonly include pressure or bloating in the abdomen, constant and progressive changes in bladder or bowel patterns, persistent digestive problems, ongoing excessive fatigue, abnormal bleeding, and pain during intercourse. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, which was established in 1997, works to fight ovarian cancer by focusing on four key areas: expanding women's and healthcare providers' awareness about the disease; advocating for increased funding for research, sound genetic-testing policies, and insurance coverage of therapies; furthering the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer to improve screening and detection tools and to discover a cure; and coordinating efforts in the fight against ovarian cancer by developing networks among ovarian cancer groups and activists and other health advocates. The alliance's activities include providing expert testimony before government committees, serving as consumer representatives on federal panels that set priorities for ovarian cancer research, working closely with the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists to strengthen ovarian cancer resources, and conducting national advocacy conferences for the ovarian cancer community.
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