Walk to Remember

“Walk to Remember” to benefit the Ribbons to Remember Foundation and its work to raise awareness around ovarian cancer will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. in Osterville.

The 5K course beings at Dowses Beach in Osterville, travels along the ocean past the Wianno Country Club, and returns to Dowses Beach. Walk registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration of $25 must be received by Sept. 10, 2011. Children under 12 participate free and free t-shirts will be given to everyone after pre-registration. The on-site registration fee is $30.

To register and for more information, visit www.ribbonstoremember.org.

Prizes will be awarded for the #1 fundraiser in both the adult and under 12 categories.

The event is sponsored by Cape Cod Broadcasting.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecological tumors in the U.S. This year, it is estimated that 22,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 15,000 will die.

Education is key, because the disease is more treatable the earlier it is caught. The 5-year survival rate with early detection is 92%, but it drops to 15% when diagnosed in late stages of the disease.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

  • Bloating.
  • Abdominal pressure or discomfort.
  • Changes in bowel and bladder habits.
  • Pain in the lower back, pelvis or legs.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Unusual fatigue or backache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Increasing waistline size for no apparent reason.

Risk Factors

  • Age: Most ovarian cancers happen after menopause.
  • Obesity: Very overweight women have a higher risk.
  • Childbearing history: A woman who has had children has a lower risk than a woman who has had none. The risk goes down with each pregnancy. Breastfeeding may lower the risk further.
  • Family or personal history of ovarian, breast or colorectal cancer.
  • Family or personal history of BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 genetic mutation.

For more information about ovarian cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society Web site.

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