photo courtesy of Soroptimist International of Vista

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in September, the Soroptimist International of Vista (SIV) recently invited three ovarian cancer survivors from The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego’s (OCASD) Hope, Experiences, Awareness, and Risks (HEAR) program to give a talk at their recent luncheon meeting. The topic of discussion was “Ovarian Cancer: If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now” and emphasized key points about women’s health, including body awareness as well as symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Cindy Silver, a seven-year survivor of Stage IV ovarian cancer shared, “Our hope is that women will benefit from the experiences and knowledge we have gained from our personal cancer journeys.” The conversation covered other important topics including the importance of being your own advocate and getting care in a timely fashion. The group commented, “Because it is possible for doctors to misdiagnose, dismiss symptoms, or delay treatment, women need to be aware of their own bodies.” The HEAR program also recently received a $10,000 grant from another local Soroptimist club to expand their speaking program.

SIV is a community group made up of women who seek to make a difference through community service and philanthropy. Their work includes providing scholarships to women in need and grants to organizations which fight domestic violence and/or human trafficking, or organizations who work to improve access to health education and services for women and girls. For more information on OCASD visit www.ocaofsd.org and for more information about SIV visit www.soroptimistvista.org.