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The South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation (SCOCF) was created as an organization to support women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, to educate the public about the disease, and to support research.
This is an organization brought together by ovarian cancer patients, healthcare providers, and other concerned individuals for the dissemination of information about ovarian cancer. It has been designed for the patients, for support, for education of the public and healthcare providers, and for the furthering of research in ovarian cancer in the state of South Carolina. We are multicentered having affiliations with major gynecologic oncology centers in this state. The disease continues to be a leading cause of death in women in the United States. At this time, many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have advanced disease and require prolonged medical treatment. We at the foundation would like to see this change so that fewer women have advanced disease and that all women have the availability of support, and access to information if they so choose. In the areas of support, education and research, the SCOCF envisions the following goals: · SUPPORT - When women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the SCOCF wants to position itself in supporting these individuals by introducing them to other affected patients, aid them in finding medical professionals that manage the disease, provide them with information about treatment, nutrition, and lifestyle, and ultimately be a source of general information on all aspects of their malignancy. · EDUCATION - Since many women and even physicians find themselves in a position of not knowing the signs, symptoms, and risks for ovarian cancer, the SCOCF wants to become a source of valuable information for the lay public. The means of disseminating the information would be through multiple methods including written literature, lectures, word of mouth, radio, television and the Internet. · RESEARCH - The future of treatment and early detection lies in the area of research. The SCOCF wants to be able to support clinical and basic science research to help detect and more effectively treat ovarian cancer. The foundation believes that with a statewide effort, more can be done to better treat, support and even potentially prevent this often times devastating malignancy.