|Attendees at the launch ceremony [China Women's Development Foundation]|
The China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) launched China's first large-scale comprehensive research conference on the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, and the Warm Ovary Action, on May 7 in Beijing to help those affected by the condition.
Speakers at the event included Zhang Jianmin, deputy secretary-general of CWDF and Professor Liu Jihong, director of gynecology at the Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center.
Other participants included Kong Beihua, vice director of Cheeloo College of Medicine of Shandong University (SDUCCM) and representatives from sponsor companies, medical staff and patients.
During the gathering, Liu released and analyzed the comprehensive research report on the diagnosis and treatment status of ovarian cancer and said its treatment in China can still be improved.
According to the 2013 China Cancer Registry Annual Report issued by the National Cancer Prevention and Research Office and the National Cancer Registration Center, the incidence rate of ovarian cancer has increased by 30 percent while the mortality rate has increased by 18 percent over the past decade.
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate, 39 percent over five years, in gynecologic malignancies, and has the highest five-year recurrence rate, reaching as high as 70 percent.
For a long time, there has been a lack of social attention and resource support for the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, said experts.
Patients and their families bear a heavy economic burden and suffer from physical and mental pressure. The long neglected ovarian cancer is a "silent killer" which seriously threatens women's health.
At the end of 2017, CWDF launched China's first large-scale research on the diagnosis and treatment status of ovarian cancer, aiming to gain insight into how doctors and patients treat and understand the disease, so as to improve the overall diagnosis quality in China.
In total, some 2,258 patients from 30 provinces throughout the country and 243 doctors in seven administrative areas participated in the research through various channels.
The CWDF launched the Warm Ovary Action in order to gather together like-minded groups, popularize ovarian cancer knowledge and call on more people to pay attention to patients with the disease.
The CWDF also hopes to carry out a series of public welfare projects to provide free innovative medicine for patients to relieve their economic burden and improve their situation for recovery.
The CWDF will further improve female patients' health level and tackle the threat of ovarian cancer gradually to achieve the strategic vision of Healthy China 2030.
May 8 marks World Ovarian Cancer Day and China has set up a special fund to support the Warm Ovary Action so as to further improve the domestic cancer treatment technology and bring hope to more patients.
(Source: Cwdf.org.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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