World Ovarian Cancer Day: “No Woman Left Behind”

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Every year on May 8th, the world unites for World Ovarian Cancer Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about a silent threat – the 7th most common cancer affecting women according to Globocan.

Unlike some cancers, ovarian cancer can be difficult to detect and fight. This is why World Ovarian Cancer Day exists: to shine a light on this disease and ensure no woman is left uninformed.

This year’s theme, “No Woman Left Behind,” is particularly important when considering women with disabilities.

These women often face unique challenges in accessing healthcare, including screenings for ovarian cancer. Physical limitations, communication barriers, and a lack of awareness about how ovarian cancer presents in this population can create hurdles to early detection.

Treatment itself can also be a double-edged sword. Surgery and chemotherapy, while crucial for fighting the disease, can lead to long-term side effects that may worsen existing disabilities or create new ones.

Women with disabilities may require additional support and modifications to their treatment plan to minimize these impacts and ensure effectiveness.

“No Woman Left Behind” isn’t just a slogan – it’s a call to action. Initiatives under this theme should focus on advocating for increased awareness of ovarian cancer in women with disabilities, improving access to screening and treatment for this population, and developing support services that cater to their specific needs.

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