A chiropractor who lost an aunt to ovarian cancer will host a fundraiser next weekend to raise awareness of the disease and benefit the WNY Ovarian Cancer Project.
Dr. Juliana Marciniak will host the second annual Girls Night Out Fundraiser at Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 2625 Delaware Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. They are available online under the Events section at wnyovariancancerproject.com.
“All women are at some risk for ovarian cancer, and the awareness programs like those of the WNY OCP are our communities best defense,” Marciniak said in a news release.
Statistics show that 45 percent of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared with 89 percent of women with breast cancer. There is no test for the early detection of ovarian cancer, a disease characterized by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.
Formerly known as the “Silent Killer,” there is new evidence that Ovarian Cancer does have symptoms, according to the regional cancer project.
Symptoms of this deadliest of all the gynecologic cancers are often confused with less serious conditions, including gastrointestinal complaints. Symptoms include:
• Increased abdominal size and persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
• Difficulty eating; feeling full quickly
• Abdominal or pelvic pain, or indigestion
• Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
• Pain during intercourse or menstrual irregularities
About 15 percent of ovarian cancer cases are due to family history. Most women are diagnosed over age 55 and may have had other forms of cancer previously, including cancer of the breast, uterus, colon or rectum.
Visit the WNY Ovarian Cancer Project’s website for more information on cancer-related programs and a new “tele-support group.”