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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.

Cancer survivor with a friend.
Cancer survivor with a friend.

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedMay 82013World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
ThuMay 82014World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
FriMay 82015World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
SunMay 82016World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
MonMay 82017World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
TueMay 82018World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
WedMay 82019World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance
FriMay 82020World Ovarian Cancer DayWorldwide observance

Quick Facts

World Ovarian Cancer Day aims to spread global awareness about ovarian cancer.

World Ovarian Cancer Day 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

World Ovarian Cancer Day 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Name in other languages

World Ovarian Cancer DayEnglish
Día Mundial contra el Cáncer de OvarioSpanish
עולם יום סרטן השחלותHebrew
اليوم العالمي للسرطان المبيضArabic
세계 난소 암의 날Korean
Verdensdag mot eggstokk-kreftNorwegian
Welttag des EierstockkrebsesGerman

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on May 8, 2017

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