Safeway Foundation Supports Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness in March


Phoenix, AZ. — March 14, 2014 — Safeway and The Safeway Foundation are proud to support Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness during the month of March 2014.

All 115 Safeway locations throughout Arizona will be accepting canister donations throughout the month to benefit Arizona cancer researchers in their quest to find a cure for ovarian cancer. In this special partnership, Safeway joined forces with the Teal It Up Foundation, an Arizona based non-profit that raises funds for ovarian cancer research.

“As a survivor, I can honestly say to receive support from a national company like Safeway, makes navigating this dreadful disease easier. Knowing that Safeway is committed to helping us find answers by providing funds for ongoing research is critical. Safeway is a saving place to many throughout its communities,” said Janice Coggins, Founder and Executive Director of the Teal It Up Foundation.

“Although the median age for ovarian cancer is 63, it can strike women in their 20’s and 30’s, especially if there is an inherited mutation present. An astounding 25% of ovarian cancers are caused by in inherited mutation, which new gene panels can now test for. Remarkably, however, among women with one of these mutations, 30% have no family history of breast or ovarian cancer.Thus, we are aggressively focusing not only on family history, but also on individually testing all ovarian cancer patients for inherited mutations,” says Dr. Mike Janicek, Gynecologic Oncologist, Arizona Oncology & Medical Director of the Virginia Piper Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program.

“Supporting cancer research is a natural fit for Safeway. We're proud to be able to fund cancer research projects and help raise awareness throughout Arizona. Each year The Safeway Foundation donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to cancer research projects across the country. We’re honored to partner with the Teal It Up Foundation for this amazing cause,” said Nancy Keane, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Safeway.

What are the key statistics about ovarian cancer?

The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2014 are:
■About 21,980 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
■About 14,270 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 72.

The campaign runs through Monday, March 31. Please visit any Safeway location to make a donation.

About Safeway
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,335 stores in the United States and had sales of $36.1 billion in 2013. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.

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