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Although ovarian cancer is less common in young women, it does happen. One of the goals of the Ovarian Cancer Awareness coalition is to educate both young women and their mothers and grandmothers, who are more at risk. By learning about the symptoms of ovarian cancer at an early age, young women can protect themselves and the women in their families until there is a successful screening program.

Team Molly is an education effot, which bears the name of a brave young woman and all-star athlete, Molly Eisenberg of Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2009, at just 19 years of age, Molly lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

Teal is the official color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Team Molly asks high school athletic teams are invited to participate in this campaign, in an effort to educate themselves, their friends and family and create awareness on a deadly disease with misdiagnosed symptoms.

All high school athletic teams who sign up to join Team Molly are sent Team Molly kits, which contain Teal Shoelaces, Teal Sweatbands, T-shirts, Bumper Stickers and informational hand cards. Athletic teams are then encouraged to wear the Team Molly gear to at least one game during the fall season in an attempt to create awareness and educate each other and their fans. Through this effort the Team Molly community will demonstrate its commitment to service and wellness.

Team Molly encourages high school students to educate their peers and family, reminding them to take care of themselves through exercise, doctor visits, a healthy lifestyle and awareness. All high school athletic teams in Massachusetts are invited to join Team Molly in an effort to break the silence on ovarian cancer.

The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition, teamed up with The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and Reebok to help launch Team Molly. Team Molly symbolizes sportsmanship and teamwork, both on and off the field. Team Molly encourages high school students to educate their peers and family members on staying healthy, reminding them to take care of themselves, through exercise, doctors visits, a healthy lifestyle and awareness.

In 2011, all Team Molly kits will be free of charge, thanks to a number of generous donors, who wish to remain anonymous.



Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year in the United States, over 21,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Approximately 13,850 women will die from this disease.

Many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer. Many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer does not discriminate. It can strike a woman of any race or at any age. We do know that women with certain risk factors may have a greater chance of developing ovarian cancer. These risk factors include:
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Personal history of cancer
  • Women over the age of 55
  • Women who were never pregnant
  • Women on menopausal hormone replacement therapy

The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition, made up by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Massachusetts Chapter, the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and The M. Patricia Cronin Foundation began this campaign nine years ago.

To learn more about ovarian cancer, please visit http://www.ovariancancerawareness.org.