Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annually, more than 14,000 women in the U.S. die as a result of ovarian cancer, which has vague symptoms and often is not diagnosed until the disease has spread.
Thanks to research and new technology, ovarian cancer patients now have additional options for treatment and are surviving longer.
COLLABORATION TO RAISE AWARENESS
Hoping to raise awareness about the disease and educate patients on new advances, Mayo Clinic has joined forces with the Foundation for Women's Cancers and the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance for a weekend of activities in May.
On May 5, Mayo Clinic OB-GYN experts will lead an ovarian cancer seminar for those interested in learning about the latest in gynecologic cancer research and innovations.
"Our goal with the seminar is to help educate patients and their families about advances in ovarian cancer and also allow them to connect with others like them," says Amanika Kumar, M.D., a gynecologic oncology specialist. "We want to empower women as they go through their cancer journey to enhance long-term survivability. That means sharing the latest treatment options — from immunotherapy to clinical studies — and helping them manage side effects and build supportive networks with each other."
The free event will be held at the Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is required.
REGISTER TO WALK OR RUN
Advocacy and fellowship continue on May 6 with the annual Unleash the She 5K and 10K walk and run, organized by the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which donates research funds to Mayo Clinic.
Unleash the She is open to women of all athletic ability. Men and children are invited to join in the Men Support the She 5K walk and the KidsK event. Registrants receive a race shirt and souvenir bib. Visit online registration to sign-up by May 5.
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