The Northern NJ NOCC
was Founded in Memory...
The Northern NJ NOCC was founded in
2001 by Marion Satterthwaite and Susan Bazaar, both in the memory of
their moms. Marion's mom, Marion Layer Satterthwaite, 86, was working
fulltime (!!), commuting three hours a day, using a chainsaw to cut wood
and totally defying her age. Unfortunately, she had not seen a
gynecologist since the birth of her daughter many years before. Six weeks
after her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, Marion's mother passed away. It
was only later that her daughters, Helen Harris and Marion realized that
their mother's feelings of fullness, bowel changes and bloating were
symptoms of the disease.
Susan shared the following about her mom Sylvia
"It will be 16 years this coming December that my mom passed away. At
least six to eight months before she was correctly diagnosed she had
been seeing her primary care doctor, her gynecologist and a urologist.
None of these doctors recognized her ovarian cancer even though her
symptoms were very evident. It was not until she went to a gynecological
oncologist that she was properly diagnosed. She was not only my mom, my
fan club, but my dearest friend." Working together for the past
7 years Marion and Susan have created a place for women to come and
learn, and reach out to the communities of Northern New Jersey with a
very important, lifesaving message.
It Whispers, So Listen!
Three quarters of the approximately
20,000 women annually diagnosed with ovarian cancer succumb to the
disease. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related
deaths among women and the leading
cause of death among gynecological cancers.
When ovarian cancer is detected in its early stage, 94% of women will
survive longer than 5 years. Unfortunately, less than 20% of patients
are diagnosed in the early stages; 80% will not be diagnosed until the
cancer is at an advanced stage. The survival rate with late stage
diagnosis is as low as 29%. The most effective way a woman can
protect herself against ovarian cancer is to become educated so she can
make informed decisions about her health.
The symptoms of
ovarian cancer are said to whisper.
Know your bodies, know the symptoms
and always be your own best advocate!
(June 13, 2007 ~ NOCC joins GFC and 18 other organizations)
Symptoms recognized to be more
prevalent among women with Ovarian Cancer than women in the general
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)