The Lilies of the Valley returned with their Teal Talks (Ovarian Cancer Awareness) presentation to Northeast Alabama Community College on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 as the first Health Lecture of the new school year.
The presenters stated that every woman needs to know that ovarian cancer is the eleventh most common cancer in women. It is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. Only about 20 percent of cases are caught before the disease has spread beyond the ovaries to the pelvic region. More than 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. Nearly 15,000 women die from ovarian cancer in the US each year. One in 72 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Early detection greatly increases survival. Symptoms commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer are bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms (frequency/urgency). A question and answer session was held after the presentation.
“Last year this presentation was very well received by our students and staff, and I was so grateful The Lilies of the Valley, a support and awareness group for ovarian cancer, was able to return to our campus,” stated Chasley Bellomy, Event Planner at NACC. “Dr. Eugene Miller and his wife, Deborah, have spent much time on campus putting out signs and making our campus ‘A State of Teal’. Mrs. Miller is a part of the group as a survivor and she shared her story as well as Ms. Regina Parker of Huntsville.”
The presentation was well attended by over 60 students, faculty and staff, as well as some community members. For more information on the health lecture, please contact Bellomy at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2248, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.