Catherine Forsythe

Catherine Forsythe
know a bit about computer security, dogs, horses, skiing, medicine and making risotto. My nickname in real life/online is "Noggie" - I'm on Twitter, with the @dogreader account.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 12:00PM

The Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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On September 1st, 2011, President Obama issued a proclamation that September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 
There is no universal screening test for ovarian cancer. Often, there is a confusion that a Pap test acts as a screening tool for ovarian cancer. It does not. A Pap test is a screening procedure for cervical cancer. 

"...  the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in thirty 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."

Indeed, ovarian cancer remains "the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers". In this economic climate, research funds are becoming more and more difficult to obtain. Not only are donations necessary. It is crucial that agencies and programs be maintained. A continual, sustained focus on finding a valid and reliable screening test - with subsequent effective treatment - does have a foundation in awareness and legislation. It is important to take action and hold the focus in defeating this horrendous disease.
Catherine Forsythe 
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Thank you for sharing this info. When I first read up on ovarian cancer in high school, twenty yars ago, I was shocked by it. Screening is difficult. All these years later- no test yet. Rep. Pat Schroeder said we fund our fears. Time to fund this one.
This is a timely reminder, Catherine. The biggest problem in diagnosing this disease is that even though there are symptoms, they're vague and can be written off easily - bloating, feeling full quickly after eating, abdominal pain and frequent urination. It's usually not diagnosed until it's too late. A reliable screening test would save so many lives.
Thanks for posting a second story regarding awareness of this cancer.
Sept is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
while it is a slow growing cancer, one in six American men will get it. There's no reason for this because of early detection. Thanks for posting this CF. These awareness things are important.
There's a family history of ovarian cancer in my family, so I really appreciate this awareness month. Thanks for posting this, Catherine.
Take some funding off the war machine and fund the real battles out there. That would be wonderful.
Thank you, Catherine...we are all in your debt for this.
Thank you for posting this important information. Here's to the teal ribbon.
I noticed all the people who have left a comment are female. There, Catherine, is part of the problem.
Thank you for this post, Catherine. I had never heard of ovarian cancer until I was told I probably had it. Most of the time, it's not diagnosed until Stage III or IV (mine was IIIB), when it's harder to treat. I benefited from a very smart and kind doctor and new drugs, but I know more women who have died of this disease than those who haven't recurred. Four years out from chemo, I'm blessed.
And the right wing nuts should stop financing anti-choice actions and put the money into research on preventing/dealing with ovarian cancer.
Thank you so much for this information! You sure are a treasure of information.
Thanks for sharing this. Very timely.