September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
In recognition of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Crouse Hospital will host two events during the month — one to educate women about the causes and warning signs of the disease and the second to bring together women whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer for an evening of support and relaxation.
Free Community Educational Forum
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Mary Cunningham, MD, will present “Ovarian Cancer: Reducing Your Risk, Improving the Odds,” a community forum free and open to the public. Dr. Cunningham will discuss the causes of and risk factors for ovarian cancer, as well as its warning signs and prevention guidelines. The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave., at the corner of Waverly Ave. Parking in the Marley Education Center garage and the Crouse Hospital garage is also free. Please pre-register by calling 315/472-2464.
Mary Cunningham, MD, is a board certified gynecological oncologist who has served the Syracuse area for many years. Dr. Cunningham is also a clinical professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University and maintains a private practice, Gyn Oncology of CNY.
Second Annual Strength and Hope Tea
Women who have been touched by ovarian cancer can come together for an evening of support, relaxation and socialization during the 2nd annual Strength & Hope Tea on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 8 p.m., also in the Marley Education Center. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served at this free gathering, and each attendee will receive a commemorative mug to take home. Attendees can also view displays by Grace’s, a gynecologic cancer support group serving Central New York, and by the American Cancer Society’s “Look Better, Feel Better” program. Parking in the Marley Education Center garage and the Crouse Hospital garage is also free. Please pre-register by calling 315/472-2464.
Ovarian cancer is called the “disease that whispers,” because it is often diagnosed once it has reached the advanced stages, meaning it has spread beyond the ovaries. Among women in the United States, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 21,00 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. One in 72 women will experience cancer of the ovaries in their lifetime.