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TUCSON, AZ – The Tucson Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is presenting a “Teal Tea” in order to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, fund educational programs, honor ovarian cancer survivors, and remember those lost to the disease.

The event will be held on September 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson.  Guest speakers include Hank Hallum, MD, a gynecologic oncologist from Arizona Oncology, Christina Hoscheidt, BSN, the Team Lead from the Infusion Room at Arizona Oncology, and Mark Gilbert, MD, the Director of Mind Body Medicine Skills Group at the Arizona Cancer Center.  A special presentation to honor survivors will be included in the program. Survivors are encouraged to send photos to TucsonAZ@ovarian.comto be included in the survivor slideshow.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in Tucson,” says Margaret Hoeft, Chair of the Tucson Chapter of the NOCC and a patient navigator for Arizona Oncology/CASA.  “September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so what better time to increase education, support survivors, and tribute those lost.”

More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease.  There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, so most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor.  However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent.  That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and are often overlooked.  Symptoms may include:

  • bloating
  • pelvic or abdominal pain
  • trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • feeling the need to urinate urgently or frequently

The NOCC urges women to see their doctor if they experience these symptoms, especially if these symptoms are new to them and persist for more than two weeks.

For more information or to register for the Tucson Chapter’s “Teal Tea,” please call 520-731-0399 or email

About the NOCC

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides public education and awareness about ovarian cancer through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, comprehensive website, peer support, publications, and awareness/educational programs.  NOCC’s mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer.  The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. For more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign and to contact one of the local NOCC Chapters, visit or call 1-888-OVARIAN. 


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