(COLUMBIA SC)….The Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central SC (OCC) will hold its annual butterfly release September 20 at the SC State House to raise awareness of this deadly disease. This year’s event has been renamed the Cathy B. Novinger Ovarian Cancer Butterfly Release (sponsored by Palmetto Health) to honor the organization’s founder who lost her life to the disease in 2016. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Participants will release over 500 butterflies in memory or honor of a relative or friend who has been affected by ovarian cancer and other female-related cancers.
Each year more than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and of those more than 14,000 will lose their lives. One in 71 women will develop some form of ovarian cancer in their lifetime.
Ovarian cancer is called “the disease that whispers”, because women may not recognize the symptoms that signal the onset. It is one of the deadliest cancers among women, often detected too late to be cured. If detected early, ovarian cancer has a 95% five-year survival rate. The survival rate drops below 25% for five-year survival for those who are in stage 3 and 5% for those diagnosed in stage 4. Ovarian cancer is never detected through pap smear examinations.
Proceeds from the event help further the organization’s mission of educating women in the Midlands about ovarian cancer. For more information or to purchase a butterfly, visit ovariancancermidlands.org or call 803-608-5391.