Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer : Event Spotlight
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will host its annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on September 13, at the DCR Mother’s Rest Area and Day Boulevard, in Boston.
“More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 die annually from the disease,” says Theresa Festa, NOCC chapter coordinator. “Most cases are diagnosed in later stages when the prognosis is poor. With greater awareness, more women and their families can learn about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and increase their chances of survival.”
The annual run/walk supports NOCC’s mission to promote education about ovarian cancer, improve the quality of life for survivors and fund research. This year’s event will feature a Spirit Tent with a balloon artist, face painting, games for kids, refreshments and entertainment from Radio103AMP’s Street Team. An Honor Garden will also be created to pay tribute to women who have lost their battle with ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating or sudden weight gain, abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. Women that experience symptoms persisting for more than two weeks should see a doctor and a gynecologic oncologist if ovarian cancer is suspected.