September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Please see below to learn more about this disease.
Ovarian Cancer Facts
Symptoms can vary and often depend on the location of the tumor and its impact on the surrounding organs. Many ovarian cancer symptoms mimic those of less life-threatening conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Early recognition of symptoms is the best way to save women's lives.
Bloating, discomfort, or feeling of fullness
Indigestion and Gas
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Shortness of breath
*See a doctor if any symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks.
*Ovarian cancer survival rates are much lower than other cancers that affect women because it is so hard to detect.
*Ovarian cancer has an overall 46% five-year survival rate compared to breast cancer’s overall survival rate of nearly 90%
*Fewer than 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early. The Pap smear only checks for cervical cancer.
*When ovarian cancer is caught before it has spread outside the ovaries, 92% will survive 5 years.
*American Cancer Society shows about 15,500 women will die this year alone and more than 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed.
*The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer has increased by only 8% in the last 30 years.
Brother Francis Kannamkulam, V.C.
Bishop McCort Catholic High School is sponsoring Brother Francis Kannamkulam, V.C. who resides in Kerala, India. In India there is no shortage of vocations, but rather a shortage of funds to educate their seminarians. The Vincentian Congregation modeled after St. Vincent de Paul aids seminarians in tuition costs for their priestly vocations. Each month $30.00 from BMCHS is supplying a gracious contribution to the seminarian’s twelve year formation program, in which Brother Kannamkulam is advanced into his fifth year and currently studying philosophy. With sponsorship, Brother Kannamkulam remembers BMCHS in his daily prayers and Masses, as well as written correspondence. BMCHS has adopted Brother Kannamkulam and prays for God’s continuing grace to be bestowed upon him on his path toward priesthood.