Since its inception, Lambda Omicron Chi Christian Sorority, Inc. has focused its philanthropic efforts on ovarian cancer awareness by hosting events and supporting the coalitions, foundations and research centers that cater to ovarian cancer. Our endeavor is to bring hope and provide hands on prayer and encouragement to those women and families who are still in the fight against ovarian cancer. The proceeds that we collect within this philanthropy are given to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
A Pap test (cervical smear test) does not detect ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage
Diagnosing Ovarian cancer before it spreads makes it much more treatable
Symptom awareness might lead to quicker diagnosis
SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Difficult eating and feeling full quickly
Urinary Symptoms (urgency or frequency)
See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if you have these symptoms more than 12 times during the course of one month and the symptoms are new or unusual for you.
OVARIAN CANCER IS NOT A SINGULAR DIAGNOSIS!
It is an umbrella term for a multitude of different types of cancer that affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the primary peritoneal cavity. It is estimated that there are more than 30 different types of ovarian cancer, and there is a very wide variation in incidence and outlook in terms of the different types.
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of the female cancers for which there is no reliable screening test, and every women is at risk. With delays in diagnoses due to this lack of screening and because symptoms are often confused with other, less severe, illness, most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat. While every woman is at risk, ovarian cancer is overlooked and underfunded.
EXTENDING OUR EFFORTS
In an effort to align its philanthropic efforts with the mission of the Sorority, Lambda Omicron Chi has extended its efforts to empowering women spiritually, socially, physical, mentally and financially by targeting specific issues affecting women in the community. In addition to ovarian cancer awareness, Lambda Omicron Chi has developed programming that also supports breast cancer awareness, domestic violence awareness, homelessness, re-entry services, and health and wellness. The members of Lambda Omicron Chi aim to be a light that shines through service in the community in an effort to restore and bring the hope of Jesus Christ.