About Ovarian Cancer  

Facts & Overview

  This section gives an overview of ovarian cancer facts and addresses its symptoms and risk factors, the latest information on diagnosis and treatment, and living with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

When Tracy Jo Wilson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2001, she was stunned by how pervasive this disease is and how little awareness there is about its diagnosis and treatment. Still in 2004, ovarian cancer remains a "silent disease."

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecological cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 16,000 women in the United States will die from ovarian cancer this year; nearly 26,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Of the new cases diagnosed, only about 25% will be caught in an early stage where there is a 90% survival rate beyond five years. The symptoms are easily mistaken for less life threatening ailments. Perhaps even more critical is the lack of public awareness of ovarian cancer and the National Cancer Institute reports ovarian cancer is drastically under funded by the federal government.

The Tracy Jo Wilson Ovarian Cancer Foundation steps up to the task of supporting women afflicted by this disease, offering hope and empowerment, while joining the battle to defeat this deadly foe. 

TJWOCF is joining with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and U.T. Southwestern Hospital in the expansion of the Low Risk Ovarian Cancer Study to North Texas.  For more information or how to participate in the study, call us at 214-213-4213 or email us at info@tracyjofoundation.org.