Press Release: DC Has Highest Ovarian Cancer Rate in US: Local Survivor Raises Awareness and Funds

Washington, DC has the highest ovarian cancer rate in the nation. As Survivors Committee Chair and Spokeswoman for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, Jennie learned first hand the importance of seeking care first from a gynecologic oncologist if you suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

Following a series of appointments, tests, treatments, complications, infections, fatigue, roiling emotions, forgetfulness and pain, two life-altering surgeries and six rounds of chemotherapy later, Jennie has been cancer free for almost two years.

“I learned about being a survivor from my mom, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer — another reproductive cancer — when I was seven,” Jennie says. “28 years later, she continues to inspire me every day.”

Jennie, a senior marketing manager for Deloitte Services, also knows how to motivate individuals and organizations — and uses those skills to raise awareness and crucial financial support for research on women’s cancers.

“Twenty years ago a group of dedicated women got together and waged a battle to save lives,” Jennie points out. “That movement resulted in an explosion of awareness and research funding for breast cancer and today, 34% less women die of that disease. It’s time to wage a similar battle against gynecologic cancers.”

Jennie urges others to help save women’s lives by registering for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on November 6th in Washington, DC. Those who aren’t runners or can’t make it to Washington can still participate and support the cause by joining a “virtual team.”

For more information and to register, visitwww.foundationforwomenscancer.org.

Spotlight

Hear from Dr. Anil Sood, the Foundation’s Research Chairman, and Carol Brown, 2014 SGO Program Chair, about research of interest to women and the public presented at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Watch the video

Awareness

A new SGO Clinical Practice Statement states women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers should be considered for genetic counseling and testing, even in the absence of a family history.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course Friday, May 2, 2014 in Long Island, NY. For more information on courses, click here.