Founded in 1994, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research, and ranks third in overall ovarian cancer research funding after two government agencies: the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Defense (DOD). OCRF's mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.
Thanks to the generosity of our individual donors, foundations, and corporate partners, our investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers, and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. Over 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. each year and about 15,500 women will die from the disease. One in 78 American women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime. As we strive to find a cure, we also seek to raise awareness of the disease through our many educational programs and special events.