Famous Canadian Olympian Elizabeth Manley celebrates with Winners
Walk of Hope
TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - September 1st marks the kick-off of
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This year, 2600 Canadian women
will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer - the most fatal gynecologic
"With no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, the majority of
women are diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease when the survival
rate is less than 30%," says Fran Turner, National Program Director at
Ovarian Cancer Canada. "As the symptoms can be subtle or mistaken for
less serious conditions, women need to be aware of their bodies."
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
pelvic or abdominal pain
feeling full quickly or difficulty eating
urgent or frequent urination
If a woman experiences these symptoms for more than a few weeks, Ovarian
Cancer Canada urges her to tell a physician. Early diagnosis and
treatment increase the likelihood of surviving the disease.
On September 12, as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Winners
Walk of Hope will take place in cities across the country. The Winners
Walk of Hope is the most celebrated event across Canada that solely
supports ovarian cancer. The Walk acknowledges the 17,000 Canadian women
living with this disease and honors those women who were lost to ovarian
Elizabeth Manley, Canada's silver medalist in figure skating at
the 1988 Olympics is the spokesperson for the Winners Walk of Hope.
"After losing my mother to ovarian cancer, I am committed to helping all
women know the signs and symptoms of the disease," says Elizabeth. "We
need to work together to raise much needed funds for an early detection
test as it is a vital next step in overcoming ovarian cancer."
About Winners Walk of Hope
The Winners Walk of Hope is the single largest fundraiser in Canada that
supports ovarian cancer awareness, education and research. Taking place
on Sunday September 12, funds raised by the Winners Walk of Hope are put
to work supporting ovarian cancer research, increasing awareness of the
disease among the public and health professionals, and providing support
services to women living with ovarian cancer. The Walk takes place in
over 15 major cities nation wide. Register online at winnerswalkofhope.ca.
About Ovarian Cancer Canada
Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization
whose mission is to overcome ovarian cancer, providing leadership by
supporting women living with the disease and their families, raising
awareness in the general public and with health care professionals and
funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved
treatment and, ultimately, a cure. href="http://www.ovariancanada.org/">www.ovariancanada.org.
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