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Highland Raises Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cynthia Angel, M.D.

Rochester, N.Y., September 4, 2012 — Highland Hospital, a leading provider of gynecologic cancer care in the region, will be showing its support for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month on its website, in the hospital and in the community throughout September.

Cynthia Angel, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist at Highland, says raising awareness of ovarian cancer improves diagnosis and, ultimately, survival.

“Ovarian Cancer was once thought to be a silent killer,” said Cynthia Angel, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Highland. “In reality, 95 percent of women with ovarian cancer have symptoms. The problem is that the symptoms are vague, so patients do not recognize the symptoms as those of a life-threatening disease, and there is a delay in diagnosis.”

Dr. Angel will be among Highland’s four gynecologic oncologists who will be featured in videos on www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland.aspx this month. In the videos, the physicians will discuss ovarian cancer symptoms; risk factors and prevention; and advances in gynecologic cancer treatments and surgery.
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Highland employees also will be spreading the word on ovarian cancer. Specially designed, teal-colored T-shirts will be available to purchase in the Highland Gift Shop; employees will be encouraged to wear them each Friday of the month. Proceeds will go to Cancer Wellness Connections of Greater Rochester, a local organization that provides spa and other diversionary activities to patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, Highland is again forming a team to participate in the annual Ovarian Cancer 5K Run/Walk Sunday, Sept. 16 at Cobbs Hill Park.

Quick Facts:
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • Symptoms include persistent bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea that last longer than two to three weeks.
  • The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 90 percent of women who get ovarian cancer are older than 40 years of age, with the greatest number of cases occurring in women aged 60 years or older.
  • The American Cancer Society estimated about 22,280 women would receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2012; about 15,500 women were expected to die from the disease this year.

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