September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. If detected at its earliest stage, though, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.
OB/GYN of Indiana Dr. Shirley Thomas is one of those women who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.
“My ovaries, uterus, cervix, tubes, 22 lymph nodes and the fatty apron on my stomach were all removed. I was only 59. It was clear-cell stage one cancer. I kept thinking I can’t start crying, I gotta start fixing,” Dr. Thomas said.
According to Dr. Thomas, with ovarian cancer there are very few symptoms. “I only had the mass. There’s typically no pain and not really any symptoms. It’s so important for women to get yearly check-ups, especially as they get older, to keep an eye out for a mass or changes in your body,” Dr. Thomas said.
Early detection is key and that’s one of the main reasons September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Ovar’coming Walk held in Indianapolis annually is to create awareness on this deadly cancer.
Dr. Thomas has now been a part of the Ovar’coming Walk for the last 4 years. “After I was diagnosed I knew I needed to be a part of this.”
This year’s Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk is Saturday, September 21, 2019. The 1 mile walk or 5K walk/run events begin at 8am at Downtown City Market. The walk is to raise funds, create awareness and support ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers.
As a survivor and fierce competitor, Dr. Thomas is determined to be the top fundraiser in the 2019 walk. “I would love to raise $5,000 for the walk, that would be fabulous. I’d love to have more participants supporting this cause as well. My family, friends and coworkers annually support me by walking with me. We are the OB/GYN Warriors.”
To support Dr. Thomas or become part of her walking team, click