Cancer affects us all in one way or another. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 80,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with a form of gynecological cancer in 2009 – The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 14,030 women will die of ovarian cancer in the United States.
In recognition of this terrible disease and in support of all those people who have been diagnosed, September was made ovarian cancer month.
According to the data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in forty years since the "War on Cancer" was declared. However, other cancers have shown a marked reduction in mortality, due to the availability of early detection tests and improved treatments. Unfortunately, this is not the case with ovarian cancer, which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.
While the tenth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. One in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.
As with all types of cancer, early detection is the key to beating ovarian cancer. Women of all ages are susceptible to ovarian cancer. It is important to have regular physical exams.
St. James as a community has many outreach programs and awareness celebrations for all types of cancer. Most recently, the city hosted the Relay For Life celebration, from which more than $90,000 was raised for cancer research.
Hundreds of cancer survivors and their families take the pledge to walk until a cure for cancer is found. The Relay For Life also offers the opportunity for survivors to come together to share their stories with one another.
Cancer can be a disease that makes individuals feel isolated and scared. One of the most important aspects of September Ovarian Cancer Awareness month is providing a sense of unity for those people diagnosed with ovarian cancer.