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Thursday, September 27, 2012

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  I couldn't let the month go by without honoring my dear friend and colleague Michele, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer 2 years ago.

Michele Beaulieu
June 12, 1961 - June 9, 2010

An estimated 22,280 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 15,500 will die of the disease.

Ovarian cancer is the most fatal of all cancers involving a woman's reproductive tract.  It is very difficult to diagnose, with only 15% being diagnosed at an early stage when it is more easily treated.  Women diagnosed in the early stages have an 89 to 94 percent chance of surviving at least five years.

Here are some links to more information on ovarian cancer:

Ovarian Cancer (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

How Is Ovarian Cancer Diagnosed? (American Cancer Society)

Drugs Approved for Ovarian Cancer (National Cancer Institute)

Ovarian Epithelial Cancer (PDQ): Treatment (National Cancer Institute)

Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors (PDQ): Treatment (National Cancer Institute) 

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