Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Sandra Cesario, professor of nursing at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, is spreading the word that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  As pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness, teal is the color to symbolize awareness of ovarian cancer — the most lethal of women’s cancers. For Dr. Cesario, the issue is personal.

“I made a promise to my daughter Anna prior to her death in 2009 that I would spread the word about early warning signs of the disease so others do not have to die simply because they were diagnosed too late,” she said.

Tomorrow, Friday, September 7th, is Wear Teal Day. For those of you in Houston, the Houston City Hall is lit in teal from Sept 1 through Sept 7.  Check it out if you are downtown tonight or tomorrow night.  There is a particularly stunning view from the Ferris Wheel at the Aquarium.

October will be filled with pink ribbons, but spread the word that September is the month to display teal and increase awareness of ovarian cancer - the most lethal of all of the gynecological cancers.  One in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With early detection about 94% will survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis. However, only 15% of ovarian cancer is caught early. Ovarian Cancer is the most lethal of the women's cancers. Every year, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the US and 16,000 women will die.

Research suggests that the following symptoms may be associated with ovarian cancer:

· Bloating

· Pelvic or abdominal pain

· Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

· Urinary urgency or frequency

If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms more than three times per week for a couple of months, please seek medical attention.

For more information or to make a donation, please consider the following organizations:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
OCRF is the largest independent organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research-- and to finding a cure. Through our three active research programs, we fund the best researchers and the most innovative projects.

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the Alliance advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma In 2001, the Oklahoma Legislature charged OU with providing statewide leadership in cancer research, prevention and education, and treatment and seeking designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) comprehensive cancer center designation.  A major recruiting effort was launched in 2009 to bring nationally-recognized cancer physicians and researchers to Oklahoma. In 2011, the Oklahoma Cancer Institute opened and there is a beautiful gynecologic-oncology waiting area named in Anna's memory.

Sandra K. Cesario, PhD, RNC, FAAN
PhD Program Coordinator and Professor
College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University
6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX  77030-2343

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