Awareness Knows No Bounds


Awareness or lack thereof does not discriminate against gender, age, profession, etc.

Connie Rutledge, who was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in January of 2007, started the organization. “Although Connie was a coach, school principal and administrator and PH.D candidate, she realized she had no knowledge of ovarian cancer or its symptoms,” reflected Seymour.

The Green Bay Press Gazette  published an article on October 8, 2012, that discussed an ovarian cancer victim’s legacy. After she was diagnosed, she – like many other OC patients – discovered the lack of information available about the disease.

As a result, Ms. Rutledge founded Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach based in Wisconsin. OCCO, which is still going strong today, was founded based on three discoveries, the first being

…that the vast majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer know little or nothing about the disease.  The fact is most women are not diagnosed until they are in advance stages because they did not have any awareness of the symptoms that could have alerted them to their illness.  Even though ovarian cancer accounts for approximately three percent of cancers in women, it causes more deaths than any other gynecological cancer.

What does this say about outreach and awareness? There is clearly a huge gap of knowledge that needs to be filled.

Bottom line: Not knowing is not an excuse and waiting until you’re diagnosed is too late to find out about ovarian cancer.  With plenty of support, this can and will change.