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Highland Raises Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

Tuesday, September 04, 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.highlandhospital.org this month. In the videos, the physicians will discuss ovarian cancer symptoms; risk factors and prevention; and advances in gynecologic cancer treatments and surgery.

View Videos. 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.

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