Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2015


WHEREAS, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women, and accounts for more deaths than any other gynecologic cancers; and

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,290 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, with more than half of those women over the age of 62; and

WHEREAS, recognition of the warning signs are essential to an early detection and effective treatment; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal and pelvic pain, difficulty eating, and frequent urination; and

WHEREAS, early symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly overlooked, public awareness and knowledge are essential to getting a diagnosis before the cancer worsens; and

WHEREAS, organizations such as the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, with a Northern Virginia chapter, focus on informing the public through their advocacy of cancer screening tests, public health fairs, and the Run/Walk to Break Silence on Ovarian Cancer; and

WHEREAS,it is critical that those affected by ovarian cancer have the proper resources and access to health care to prevent, detect, treat, and ultimately defeat ovarian cancer and all cancers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2015 as OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.