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Spreading awareness about ovarian cancer | Letter
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Washington state each year. It is estimated that 22,00 women will be diagnosed in the nation in 2014 with an estimated mortality rate of 14,000 in 2014.
Ovarian cancer is much easier to treat and there is a much greater chance of survival if diagnosed in the early stages. Unfortunately, there is no screening test for ovarian cancer. It does have symptoms but very few women are aware of them. It has been labelled a “silent killer” but really it is not. I am a four-year ovarian cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Stage 3c in July 2010. I have just passed my 50th chemotherapy treatment and am in this battle for the long haul. It is my mission to educate women and all medical professionals on the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I did not know the symptoms I was experiencing for months could be something as serious as cancer.
This year, we are holding our third annual Teal and Toe Walk for Ovarian Cancer on Sept. 28 at Marymoor Park (www.tealandtoeforovariancancer.webs.com). The first Teal and Toe Walk was the dream and inspiration of my then 15-year-old daughter who wanted to find a way to spread awareness about ovarian cancer in my honor. The last two walks have been a great success, bringing the community together, spreading awareness and raising funds for ovarian cancer education. They are afternoons of joy, hope and love and a lot of teal!! (Teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness.)
Caroline Mancini, Redmond