Ovarian Cancer: Battlefront Update
September was Ovarian Cancer awareness month, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is taking it's message of hope on the road. On September 15th, the OCRF hosted a "Super Luncheon" at the Regency Hyatt in Phoenix featuring keynote speakers Governor Jan Brewer, and AO's very own Ovarian Cancer expert, Dr. Mike Janicek.
OCRF is working hard towards spreading awareness for this disease.
Even though Ovarian Cancer might be less common than Breast Cancer, it's very deadly--Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest of all the gynecologic cancers. More than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with it this year, and tragically, 15,000 will die. In spite of the tremendous advances in the early detection, prevention, and treatment of so many cancers, the survival rate for ovarian cancer has not improved dramatically in 30 years.
What makes Ovarian Cancer so tricky is that there's no method of early detection. Unlike mammograms for Breast Cancer and Pap Smears for Cervical Cancer, there is no test or procedure to detect ovarian cancer when it is in its earliest, most curable stage. As a result, most women don't get an Ovarian Cancer diagnosis until late in the game--when the cancer has spread and is harder to treat.
Every day, women in the United States are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Although raising awareness is vital in the fight against this quiet predator, research is what's going to ultimately turn the tide.
OCRF is a non-profit organization devoted to the formulation of early diagnostic treatment programs and research dedicated to the ultimate cure of Ovarian Cancer. OCRF, which is based in New York City, was founded in December 1994 by Sol Schreiber to honor the memory of his wife Ann, a distinguished public administrator, and her courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer.
OCRF is the leading independent agency dedicated to advancing Ovarian Cancer research in the United States. Often known for it's lavish events, OCRF raises millions of dollars every year for life saving research. Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $33 million grants to 138 of the brightest researchers at 44 leading medical centers across the country in hopes of finding better ways to detect, treat, and ultimately cure Ovarian Cancer.
Dr. Janicek spoke to the crowd emphasizing the importance of early detection and treatment methods for this disease.
Dr. Janicek graduated from Harvard Medical School and has held several positions which include; Co-Chair of the Perioperative Committee, and Chairman of Communications and Education Committee for the Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. He is also the medical Director of the Virginia Piper Gentetic Risk Assessment Center.
Governor Jan Brewer was also a keynote speaker at this event focusing on the tragic statistics and the necessity of further research to one day find a cure for this disease.
"We need to change this! This is a major women's health issue!" She said during her speech.
This event's purpose was solely to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer research. If anyone is interested in learning more about donating to this cause, more information can be found at:
OCRF (Sabrina Schultz)