NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative
Since 2008, NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative’s mission has been to enrich lives through early detection education, patient support services and research funding for ovarian cancer – the silent killer of women.
Our programs reach more than 20,000 women and their families annually and empower women to recognize the disease’s subtle symptoms, assess their personal risk, explore risk reduction strategies and seek medical attention for the best possible outcome. When detected in early stages, the cure rate can be as high as 92%.
There is a critical need to educate women about the role genetics play in cancer, especially the relationship between ovarian, breast and other cancers. Family history is the biggest risk factor and there are no programs sharing this type of information at the community level. Many women are unaware of testing and screening recommendations and have many misconceptions about this ovarian cancer and its risk factors, symptoms and testing protocols.
We empower women to assess their personal risk, explore risk reduction strategies, understand testing protocols, recognize ovarian cancer's subtle symptoms, and seek proper medical attention for the best outcomes. We inspire women to open a dialogue with their healthcare professional and offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions about their family genetic history, personal health risks and insurance coverage. Our information is tailored for high-risk and underserved populations (breast and ovarian cancer survivors/surviving relatives, Latino, African American, Jewish and those living in rural areas). Participants leave with educational materials to share with family/friends.