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Posted: 05/08/13

Church wants ovarian
cancer out of the dark

      The color of teal, that of ovarian cancer awareness, will be displayed across the community to highlight the importance of fighting the disease.
       "We want to bring ovarian cancer out of the dark and increase understanding about this deadly disease," said Becca Couch of the First Congregational Church. "Since there is no screening test, it is vital that women recognize the often subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer."
       The First Congregational Church, UCC, is working with the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to shine a light on ovarian cancer and to raise money for research for diagnostic testing and a cure.
       From now through May 10, many area beauty and nail salons and spas are distributing information on ovarian cancer's warning signs, selling and displaying donation cards, and offering specials on teal manicures, pedicures, and hair-streaking, with a portion of these sales going to ovarian cancer research, said Couch.
       There is also a women's Pamper Party set for 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, with giveaways, chair massages, cooking demonstrations, manicures and pedicures, raffles and more. That will be accompanied by a powerful and inspiring presentation from the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, including stories from ovarian cancer survivors.
       The event is free and open to all women, and could have the potential to save the life of someone you love, said Couch.
       "Our goal is to shine a light on a disease that too often hides in the dark, to get women talking about ovarian cancer, and to help women listen to their bodies because ovarian cancer does not shout, it whispers," said Couch.
       Couch said there is no screening test for the disease which is why it is vital that women recognize the often subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. When diagnosed and treated early, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 90 percent.
       "But ovarian cancer is diagnosed at advanced stages in 3 out of 4 women, and most patients die within 5 years," said Couch. "Early detection saves lives."
       For more information on the event, call (586) 752-3661 or (586) 855-8185.


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