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President Designates September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Kelli SargentSeptember 5, 2013


Learn the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and educate the women in your life.

Through executive proclamation, President Barack Obama has officially declared September 2013 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  In his remarks from the White House, the President noted that over 22,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year, and that there is still no detection test available.  He also reinforced that early detection saves lives, that many women are at great risk due to their family history or their age, and that increased awareness among the general public and healthcare providers would have a positive impact.

“My administration is investing in research to improve our understanding of ovarian cancer and develop better methods for diagnosis and treatment,” said the President.

The move to give federal recognition to Ovarian Cancer Awareness month was praised by Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and 2012 presidential appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board.  “Everything we can do to raise awareness and encourage early detection will save lives.  This administration has once again shown its support for women and its commitment to eliminating gender disparities in access to care and research.”  

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