History of Hera

ABOUT HERA AND OUR MISSION

Hera was chosen as the name for the foundation because she was considered the protector of women and empowered women to stand up for themselves. The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation encourages us to do the same: to empower women to take control of their health by championing the often unrecognized threat of ovarian cancer to women’s health.

HERA is also an acronym for Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness.

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EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES

One in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. It affects mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. With early detection about 92% will survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis.

Currently, only 20% of ovarian cancer is caught early.

Estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2017: about 22,440 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and about 14,080 deaths will occur. It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women, and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

Signs and Symptons