About the WNY Ovarian Cancer Project

The WNY Ovarian Cancer Project was started by a few local women with Ovarian Cancer in response to a need for local support and information for women with  Ovarian Cancer in WNY. Our founding members felt the isolation and fear that comes with a new diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, and each did not know where to turn to find trustworthy information and to seek out other’s who had survived this rare and deadly cancer. For each of these women, the first time they met face to face with another woman who had years of survival, was a powerful moment filled with hope.

Another common bond of our founding member’s is to educate other women on the symptoms and risks of Ovarian Cancer. As we looked back, some of us had classic symptoms of this cancer, but as we did not know what the symptoms were we passed them off as typical female ailments. Some of us tried to tell our doctors that something was wrong, but we never suggested they check for Ovarian Cancer. Some of us had higher risk factors that we were unaware of. We knew that educating other women on the symptoms and risks of Ovarian Cancer had to be part of our mission. Early diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer (at Stages I & II) has much higher survival rates than advanced stages. We want to empower other women with this information so that they can get diagnosed earlier, or be seen in a High Risk Screening Clinic.

Some think that the spiral is an ancient symbol of the cycles of life, growth and change. Some consider it a symbol of the spiritual journey. We think the spiral is the perfect symbol for the WNY Ovarian Cancer Project as we join together on a journey of women supporting and empowering each other.

Support & Networking
Networking and Support Groups can help women with Ovarian Cancer cope better with their illness, by providing knowledge of treatment and side-effects, and emotional support from others with the same diagnosis.
Symptoms & Risks

One in 70 women in the United States is diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, knowing the symptoms and your personal risk factors can help you save your life!