Ovarian Cancer Awareness in the Northland

September 05, 2017 09:39 AM

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and there are several ways folks can get involved. This type of cancer can affect women of all ages, and there is a need to be conscious of that fact.

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Kristine Greer was 41 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She, like many other women, was diagnosed at a late stage. She explains that she's lucky to be here as it is difficult to treat at a late stage.

"All women need to be aware of the symptoms and know them," Greer says.

Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, difficulty eating, and various urinary symptoms. They are sometimes vague and women will often dismiss them.

Greer is also a board member with the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA). She suggests that women who have any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks should see their health care provider. If cancer is suspected, that person should then go to a gynecologic oncologist.

MOCA and Greer's foundation, Charlene's Light, are teaming up this year to put on a couple of events that will give people in the region a chance to be active and aware. 

The 5th Annual Elizabeth Busche Golf Scramble for Ovarian Cancer is coming up on Sunday, September 10. The event is named after Busche, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 19.

On Saturday, September 23, the Light Duluth Teal Gala takes place. It runs from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at the DECC Harborside Ballroom. During the event, participants will see a beautiful view the Aerial Lift Bridge in the color teal. It's a tribute to all women who have lost their lives to ovarian cancer. Enger Tower will be shining in the color teal, as well.

Click here to register for both events.


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