Organizations team up to raise awareness about ovarian cancer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-NEA Baptist Clinic and First Security Bank teamed up to raise awareness on ovarian cancer.
A "Teal Talk" luncheon took place on Wednesday at the Southwest Church of Christ Better Life Center in Jonesboro.
June Morse, Program Manager of Hope Circle, says she and fellow event coordinators were excited about hosting an informative event like this for the public.
"This is an event we're really excited about," Morse said.  "It's our first time to do it.  Dr. Christopher Bryant is talking about ovarian cancer and things to be aware of.  We think it is so important to stress that education will help prevent more people from getting ovarian cancer."
Gynecologic oncologist with NEA Baptist, Dr. Christopher Bryant, spoke to women about the facts, symptoms, risk factors and treatment involved with ovarian cancer.
Dr. Bryant with NEA Baptist Hospital says education is the key.
"Our ultimate achievement is trying to make sure our cancers are being treated," Bryant said.  "Awareness is there that allows early treatments.  And so, that's really the most important part of having days like today. Is to bring the community out, let them know what's available and let them know what we can do to make a difference."
Lindsey Hawkins with First Security Bank said she recently learned about ovarian and was shocked when she discovered the details. 
"We had an event at the bank to promote teal toes awareness," Hawkins said.  "Since then, I've been learning a lot more about ovarian cancer and raising awareness.  And its something that effects a lot more people than what I realized.  Especially here at home."
CEO of NEA Baptist Clinic, Darrell King, says health issues matter to him and fellow co-workers. 
"Health is our business, being a large physician group," King said. "So, health issues in particular, women's health issues are very important to us."
Morse says one of the biggest problems with detecting ovarian cancer is that few people are aware of what the symptoms are.
"So many of the symptoms for ovarian cancer are symptoms women may have for other problems," Morse said.  "Or that you may think are just part of being a woman. And so, as women we tend to put off getting our own health checked on and what we want people to know is that if they have symptoms for more than two weeks, we want them to be sure and get it checked out.  It's better to go to the doctor and find out it's nothing, than to not go to the doctor and find out it was something."
According to the American Cancer Society, there are 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer a year.
15,500 who suffer from ovarian cancer will die in that same year.
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