Newk’s Cares, St. Dominic to raise funds, awareness regarding ovarian cancer

August 18, 2016 in Health

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Mississippi Link Newswire

While no early detection test currently exists for the one in 78 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, Newk’s Cares and St. Dominic’s are working to change that. The duo is joining forces again to raise critical awareness and support of ovarian cancer prevention and treatment with a free lunch and learn Aug. 25, followed by the third annual Ovarian Cycle®Jackson spin celebration Sept. 29, in recognition of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“We can’t wait to educate our community about the early signs of this vicious disease,” said Lori Newcomb, Newk’s Cares co-founder and ovarian cancer survivor. “Doctors usually detect ovarian cancer late – the point at which women face a 45 percent chance of survival. However, this five-year survival rate jumps to more than 90 percent with early detection. Knowing what symptoms to look for and when to go to the doctor could save your life or that of a loved one in the future.”

Mississippians can hear from Newcomb as well as St. Dominic’s gynecologic oncologists Dr. Paul Seago and Dr. Christen Haygood at the public lunch and learn in the Ethnic Heritage Building at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Attendees can pre-register for the lunch and submit questions to the panel by emailing NewksCares@Newks.com.

In addition to receiving detailed information on ovarian cancer and enjoying a complimentary meal provided by Newk’s Eatery, guests will hear from Dr. Jill Madden regarding her latest research. Madden’s study, “The Effect of FoxM1 Inhibition on Ovarian Cancer Immunity and Sensitivity,” is funded by the Ovarian Caner Research Fund Alliance through money raised by Ovarian Cycle®Jackson and other Newk’s Cares initiatives.

Newk’s Cares is committed to funding research projects, like Madden’s, that will one day lead to an early detection test and cure for ovarian cancer.

Members of the community are invited to join in making this a reality by riding in Ovarian Cycle®Jackson at The Club at The Township Sept. 29. Participants can choose from one of five 45-minute time slots by registering at NewksCares.com. A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. and the first cycling session will begin at 9 a.m. with sessions to follow on every hour until 2 p.m.

“As the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women, ovarian cancer is often called the ‘silent killer,’” said Lester K. Diamond, president of St. Dominic Hospital. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Newk’s Cares as we strive to silence this disease forever.”

For more information, visit NewksCares.com and follow Newk’s Cares on Facebook.