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Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center has joined forces with
the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and
The M. Patricia Cronin Foundation to launch a month-long campaign to
promote ovarian cancer awareness.
Each year, more than 13,800 women die from ovarian cancer — a disease
with symptoms that can be misdiagnosed and spread quickly. Many women
don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected
at its earliest stage, research has proven that the five-year survival
rate is more than 93%.
The goal of the coalition is to provide the residents of
Massachusetts with lifesaving information about the subtle warning signs
of ovarian cancer and the value of early detection. Their efforts
include public services announcements on television and radio.
They have also arranged for some local landmarks to light their
buildings teal for the month of September, including: Prudential Center
Building, TD Garden, The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Bank of America
Pavilion, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker
Hill Memorial Bridge, Legal Sea Foods (Boston), Hyatt Regency (Boston
and Cambridge), Jordan's Furniture (Natick), Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame, (Springfield) and Adobe Systems Incorporated
"Some progress is being made in the fight against ovarian cancer, but there is still much to do," notes Ursula Matulonis, MD, director of Gynecologic Oncology
at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She urges all to "follow the footsteps
of breast cancer advocates in rallying for increased funding for
ovarian cancer research and awareness."
To learn more about the efforts of the coalition, please visit ovariancancerawareness.org.