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Superheroes Among Us: LeAnne Prenovost

Our own board of directors member, LeAnne Prenovost was recently featured on “Positively Arizona” on Your PHX CW6 as a featured Superhero Among Us for her work and efforts with Ovarian Cancer awareness and support.

September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month may be over but we continue to spread awareness every single day of the year!

Community Involvement

Sept 30, 2017 – Arizona State Nurses Associations Biennial Convention

OCAZ and Save Her Life, donated a basket to the Arizona State Nurses Association’s Biennial Convention held this last week in Scottsdale. Over 200 nurses attended and were exposed to Ovarian Cancer Awareness with this donated basket and literature related to ovarian cancer signs and symptoms. Awareness of ovarian cancer is key to not only the public but by health care professionals. Nurses constitute the largest group of all health care professionals in the United States, at over 4 million nurses nationwide. As the front line to health care, it is important that nurses know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer so as to best advocate for patients and provide early detection. OCAZ is proud to partner with professional nursing organizations to spread awareness and save lives!

September – National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Annette Mattern, Founder
Annette Mattern, FounderOvarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona

Thoughts from Annette Mattern, Founder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona

September may be over, but…   Although ovarian cancer survivors are aware of the disease every month, September is when we have a national stage from which to speak out about the need to conquer this insidious disease. It is a time to decide what we as a community can do to improve the trajectory of the life of survivors. It is a time to celebrate the women who, like most of us, got a shock wave in an otherwise normal life when we were told, “you have ovarian cancer.” And were forever changed by it.

As survivors, we bonded with other women who share the diagnosis, drawn together as “survivor sisters” who share the courage and the fear that comes of this journey. We said goodbye to too many, too long before one should, stunned by the loss that we hold too dear, too deep because in the dark of night we know, “it could have been me.” And yet, we keep on.

But we are here. Now. We stand united, a human wall of strength, as we comfort and encourage the new ones and rejoice at the veterans. We galvanize our spirits with the resolve to change the future for all women, any women. We shout to better humanity in our own way by turning our loss and pain into purpose.

I honor you and your life. I hope for your journey to be filled with joy. I am grateful to walk among you and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you.

What ever this month means to you, however you decide you will add to the collective fight for survival, I applaud you and wish you every success.

Ovarian Cancer – Know the Symptoms

Historically, ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

  • Bloating

  • Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

  • Family History of Breast or Ovarian Cancer

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Maureen’s Story

This touching and sobering mini documentary is aimed at educating the viewer on Ovarian Cancer, the BRCA gene mutation, and the benefits of knowing your family history.

Help and Hope for Women with Ovarian Cancer

OCAZ works with public and medical communities, building bridges that help our constituency. We empower and inspire survivors, offering tools to improve their quality of life. And we serve as advocates to increase funding for research and better treatments.

Annual Teal Trek Walk

Watch how the OCAZ is making a difference in Arizona with our annual Teal Trek Walk!

Make A Difference – Contribute Today

Every woman is worth it.

Please join our campaign to continue to inform women about this deadly disease by making a contribution to our cause. We are a a 501(c)(3) charitable organization passionate about saving women’s lives.


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