LITTLE ROCK – A rally at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 on the steps of the state Capitol is designed to raise awareness of the signs of ovarian cancer and share information about advances in treatment. The rally is sponsored by the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition in conjunction with the
Speakers at the rally will include Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Burnett, chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, on recognizing the early signs of ovarian cancer and recent research advancements.
Susan Gibson, an ovarian cancer survivor from
Educational material will be available, and T-shirts will be on sale for $10 benefiting the coalition.
A luncheon sponsored by the coalition will follow the rally at noon at the Governor’s Mansion, 1800 Center St. Tickets are $15; ovarian cancer survivors may attend for free. To make a reservation, contact Alesa Garner at (800) 446-7341 by Sept. 3. For information, visit www.arkansasovariancancer.com.
Luncheon speakers will include Gov. Mike Beebe, whose mother experienced ovarian cancer, and Sandy Pope, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Geriatrics and Psychiatry in the UAMS College of Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology in the UAMS College of Public Health. Pope also is founder of the
According to the American Cancer Society, about 22,430 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. It ranks fifth as the cause for cancer death among women.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, pelvic or stomach pain, feeling full quickly after eating, and frequent urination. Because its symptoms are often subtle and may be mistaken for other conditions, only about 20 percent of ovarian cancers are found in the early, most curable stages.
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