Fight Sun Devils, Fight!
On Dec. 9, 2015, Brittany Burns, a four-time letter recipient for the Clemson rowing team, was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. With her fiancée and immediate family, Brittany decided to dedicate herself and her legacy to help other women facing similar hardships. After a short but courageous battle with this disease, she passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
Brittany’s family has partnered with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to promote earlier and stronger awareness of the disease to save lives.
In support of this partnership and in support of all female student-athletes, Sun Devil Athletics is also teaming up to spread the word to fight this disease. So let’s “fight Sun Devils, fight!”
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the tissues of the ovary. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 22,000 American women will be diagnosed this year and 13,850 will die of the disease.
SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER
- Swelling of the stomach, sudden weight gain, or bloating
- Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- The need to urinate urgently or often
If these symptoms are new and persist daily for more than two or three weeks, talk to your physician about ovarian cancer.
- 1 in 75 women are estimated to develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime
- 25+ years NOCC has been in the fight against ovarian cancer
- 90% 5 year survival rate when diagnosed & treated in the earliest stages
RISK FACTORS LINKED TO OVARIAN CANCER
- Genetic predisposition
- Personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colon, or rectum cancer
- Age ~ the disease affects all ages, but most women are 55+ when diagnosed
- Never pregnant
- Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
CAN OVARIAN CANCER BE PREVENTED
At present there is no known method to prevent ovarian cancer, but some things appear to reduce a woman’s risk of developing the disease:
- Oral contraception
- Breast feeding and pregnancy
- Tubal ligation
- Preventive Surgery
A discussion with your physician is necessary to determine your individual risk and options for medication or surgery.
INFORMATION - NATIONAL OVERIAN CANCER COALITION
The mission of the NOCC is to fight tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors. For additional information on how you can help fight this disease, please contact the NOCC:
2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, #435
Dallas, TX 75219
1-888-OVARIAN (682-7426) OR