Local Families Work to Raise Awareness of Ovarian Cancer
In memory of Beth Walton…..
Join Beth’s family and friends on Saturday, June 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Brickside Food and Drink (4866 Cordell Ave. in Bethesda) for a fundraiser to benefit research for early detection of ovarian cancer by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). A $10 donation will get you free appetizers, great drink specials, and a silent auction! For more information, see bethwalton5k.com.
In memory of Cynthia J. Bolbach….
The DC Wheels rolled through town in a 45-mile skateathon on Sunday, May 5 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. The DC Wheels is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 to use the power of skateboarding to change & save lives. This month’s skateathon was in memory of Cynthia J. Bolbach and raised $6,274 to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Congratulations!
World Ovarian Cancer Day
Wednesday, May 8 is the first-ever World Ovarian Cancer Day--a global celebration of the people and organizations working to raise awareness of this disease.
Know the facts and share them with others!
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.
5 Key Facts:
1. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
2. Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
3. Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
5. Many women mistakenly believe the cervical smear test (Pap test) will detect ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders.
• Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
• Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
Source: Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
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