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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


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

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates that 22,530 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019, and that 13,980 women will die from this disease; and

WHEREAS, the five-year survival rate of woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 47%; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal or pelvic pain, bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary urgency or frequency; and

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

WHEREAS, early symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly overlooked, therefore public awareness is essential to obtaining a diagnosis before the cancer reaches advanced stages; 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 the families of those affected by ovarian cancer; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2019 as OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.