September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? For those of you who know people who have or who have had ovarian cancer, I imagine that you’ll join me in thinking that this disease certainly falls into the f-bomb category.

Did you also know that a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every 37 minutes….and that ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers? It is also the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. See what I mean about the f-bomb?

In recognizing the importance of raising awareness about ovarian cancer, President Obama (whose mother died of ovarian cancer) issued a proclamation designating September National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation asserts:

This year, thousands of American women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer.  They are mothers and daughters, sisters and grandmothers, community members and cherished friends — and the absence they leave in our hearts will be deeply felt forever.  During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we honor those we have lost, show our support for women who bravely carry on the fight, and take action to lessen the tragic toll ovarian cancer takes on families across our Nation.

Whatever your politics, I believe that this is proclamation is a Silver Lining for all those women and their families affected by this horrendous disease because it brings much needed awareness to such an horrific disease.

If you have or know anyone who has ovarian cancer, please know that my heart is with you.

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  1. Betsy Mead says

    Hi Hollye,
    Thank you for your recent email! Regarding Ovarian Cancer – I'm wondering if you could add
    some clarity to the recent information that was published in the NYTimes 2 days ago about
    Ovarian Cancer Testing and false positives etc. More confusion in the world of cancer. Ugh.
    Thank you.