COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This message is for women in our audience and the men who love them. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. And if you know a survivor of ovarian cancer, as I do, you are especially grateful that she caught her cancer in time.
Ovarian cancer is called "the disease that whispers", because the early symptoms can be hard to recognize. And because it's often detected too late to be cured, ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in women.
The five-year survival rates reveal that if caught early, ovarian cancer patients survive 95-percent of the time. But the rate drops to 25% -- and lower -- when the disease is diagnosed in its later stages.
Last year, the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation held its annual "whispers butterfly release" on the State House steps. They do it each year in honor -- and in memory -- of those who have been struck by the disease. This year's event is set for September 28th at 5:30pm, again at the State House.
I hope that women across the Midlands will participate and will educate themselves about ovarian cancer. And if you're so inclined, support the Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Contact them on the web at www.scovariancancer.org or by phone at 803-926-3462. There's no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. But as the foundation says, "until there's a test, awareness is the best." That's my perspective. I'd like to hear your thoughts.