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World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) is observed on May 8. It aims to create a community where those living with ovarian cancer, survivors and their families and friends can unite, share their experiences and help educate the public about this deadly disease.

Is World Ovarian Cancer Day a Public Holiday?

Although World Ovarian Cancer Day is not a public holiday, businesses and schools may be closed because it falls on the same date as Truman Day in 2019, which is a public holiday in Missouri.

Cancer survivor with a friend.

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Commemorate WOCD

WOCD is observed by hospitals, cancer support organizations and communities worldwide. Public educational events are held to spread awareness about the risks, symptoms and screening of ovarian cancer.

Past events included runs, walks and races that raised funds towards scientific research of ovarian cancer. Campaign awareness was spread via Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Public Life

WOCD is not an official holiday so businesses, schools and government offices are open.

About WOCD

Every year about quarter of a million women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 140,000 women die of it, making it the cancer for women with the lowest survival rate. Due to a widespread lack of awareness and the absence of early screening tests many cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed late leading to “poor outcomes”.

It is estimated that only 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for more than five years. About 89% of breast cancer patients survive for five or more years. The purpose of WOCD is to address this problem and to educate women and their communities about the risks, symptoms and screening of ovarian cancer.

The first WOCD was held in 2013. The genesis of the day was in 2009, when medical professionals got together for an international conference where they shared their experiences and struggles while working with ovarian cancer patients.

World Ovarian Cancer Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2016SunMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2017MonMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2018TueMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2019WedMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2020FriMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2021SatMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2022SunMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2023MonMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2024WedMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
2025ThuMay 8World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance

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