“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. For women age 35-74, ovarian cancer represents the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths and, to date, there is no approved or effective method for detecting the disease. (Contrary to common belief, a Pap test does NOT detect ovarian cancer.)
In 2015, 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed. For those diagnosed in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 90%. Due to ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms and the lack of an early detection test, however, nearly 80% of cases are diagnosed in the later stages. Until there is a test, awareness is the best defense.
For women of all ages, it’s important to know ovarian cancer’s silent symptoms.
The most common symptoms include:
• Pelvic or abdominal pain
• Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary symptoms, such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) and frequency (having to go often).
Since these symptoms are also commonly caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases and conditions, it’s important to note if they are persistent and represent a change from normal. If so, prompt attention by a gynecologist is key.
There is HOPE!
The good news – there is HOPE on the horizon. And that hope comes by choosing to fight the disease through research aimed at providing new treatment options for women and, ultimately, finding an early detection test.
Thanks to clinical advances made through research, survival rates have increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Recent data indicates that there are substantial molecular profiles that help researchers identify key scientific aspects of the disease. In order to further these clinical advances, raising funds has become crucial to the fight against ovarian cancer. According to Andy Godwin, PhD and Deputy Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, “At a time when federal funding for cancer research is at an all time low, in which over 90% of all cancer related grants submitted to the National Cancer Institute are not funded, philanthropic efforts are absolutely essential. Furthermore, the funding for ovarian cancer drags well behind other diseases, such as breast cancer, in which there are more advocates with a bigger voice nationally.”
4th Annual OVERRUN
Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk
More good news – you can help! The 4th Annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K and 1 Mile Teal Trail Walk will be held on October 25th, 2015. In its first 3 years, the event has raised over $85,000 for ovarian cancer research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center; this year will put the funding at well over $100,000. Such success would not be possible without the support of our local community. We hope you will join us on our journey of hope.
Sign up to run, walk or volunteer today at www.overrunovariancancer.com.
Ovarian cancer needs a stronger voice; together, we can make that voice heard.