Thursday, October 8, 2009

February is Ovarian Cancer Month in NJ

We now have a second month to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer in NJ. We can be like prostate advocates where awareness months are June for NJ and September for National.

Here is the article from

Ovarian-cancer bill signed by Corzine

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

TRENTON -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Linda Greenstein, D-Plainsboro, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, to promote awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer has been signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine.

The bill directs the governor to annually issue a proclamation designating February as "Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month" and calling upon public officials, private organizations, the health-care community and New Jerseyans to increase knowledge of the symptoms of the often-deadly disease.

"When ovarian cancer is found and treated in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is 95 percent, but tragically most women who suffer from ovarian cancer aren't diagnosed until the later stages of the cancer when the disease has spread," said Greenstein. "Early detection and treatment often mean the difference between life and death, so it's important that we increase awareness of the factors that put certain women at a higher risk for the disease."

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths and the eighth most common type of cancer in America. About 20,000 women in the United States annually learn they have ovarian cancer, with about 14,700 dying from the disease.

In New Jersey, the rate of new cases of ovarian cancer annually has been 13.3 and the mortality rate 8.6 for every 100,000 women.



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