Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers; and  

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States this year, 21,980 women (1 in 72) will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and approximately 14,270 women will die of this disease; and

WHEREAS, recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is essential to early diagnosis and effective treatment; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal/pelvic pain, bloating, difficulty eating, and urinary frequency; and

WHEREAS, due to a lack of early symptoms and effective screening tests, ovarian cancer often is diagnosed at an advanced stage; and

WHEREAS, CancerDancer, a Richmond-based all-volunteer nonprofit, works to increase awareness of the symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer, advocates for effective ovarian cancer screening tests and treatments, and supports women and those affected by ovarian cancer; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that those affected by ovarian cancer have affordable access to healthcare to prevent, detect, treat, and ultimately defeat ovarian cancer and all cancers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2014 as OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.