Sign up now for the GIRLSTRONG INC “Coast to Coast” Virtual Run!
Just because Covid took over the world doesn't mean we can't raise money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer while focusing on our own health and fitness in the new year!
Register now and then starting January 1, 2021 , for the entire month, we invite you to finally cross that 5k 10k or even MARATHON off your bucket list!!!
It doesn't matter how you do it, how long it takes, it only matters that you get there - just get there.
- Walk one mile a day for 26 days and YOU DID A MARATHON!
- Grab some friends and run together in your neighborhood.
- Walk/run your dog and it still counts!!
Just put in the miles, time and know that you helped change lives with your effort!
Join the movement to bring ovarian cancer the money they need as they are very close to a test to catch OC in Stage 1, when it can be cured.
In the United States alone, more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually. The diagnoses of a friend or loved one is frequently a surprise due to the lack of preventative testing and subtle symptoms. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in late stages, however, for patients fortunate to detect ovarian cancer early, or Stage I, the survival rate is over 90%.
Early detection. Little is known about what causes ovarian cancer and no current screening tests are available. Often mistaken for ovarian cancer detection, the Pap smear indicates cervical cancer, not ovarian cancer. To detect ovarian cancer, physicians recommend an annual pelvic exam to detect lumps or abnormal tissue. If abnormalities indicating ovarian cancer are found, a trans-vaginal ultrasound investigating lumps more carefully and a CA-125 blood test (to measure a protein found on the surface of many ovarian cancer cells) may be consulted. Though these screenings are important to detecting ovarian cancer, even the combination of all of them can produce unreliable results. Knowing your family medical history can be vitally important to early detection of ovarian cancer. A woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful mutation in the BRCA1 gene, or the BRCA2 gene. Physicians may recommend BRCA testing through a blood sample if their family history deems them “at risk.”
Symptoms. While ovarian cancer does present symptoms, they are often vague and frequently mimic those of benign conditions, like gastrointestinal disorders, making them extremely difficult to detect. Although ovarian cancer has been diagnosed in women as young as their teens, the highest occurrence is in women over 50 years of age.