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Message From Marli - Ovarian Cancer

University Of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Press Release on MFM and NHS Article
September 23, 2011
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    Lisa Worley
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    MIAMI – September 23, 2011 – Melanie Wolff, a senior at Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School launched a national ovarian cancer awareness campaign focused on promoting early detection.

    Wolff’s mother, Marli, was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer and treated at University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in April 2009. In 2010, Melanie and her family started the Message from Marli Foundation, named after her mother, to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. Medical experts often refer to ovarian cancer as a “silent killer” because once the symptoms become evident the disease has advanced to the most dangerous levels.

    According to the American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and the fifth leading cause of death in women in the United States with 22,000 women diagnosed annually. Experts report that 80% of them are diagnosed at stage III or IV. The five-year survivability for this disease when diagnosed at these stages is approximately 15%. When diagnosed in earlier stages (I or II), the five-year survivability increases to 90%.

    Through the foundation, Melanie and her family created Miles for Marli, a relay walk that can be held in any city to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. The funds collected by the foundation through Miles for Marli are used to produce educational materials on ovarian cancer. The information is then made available in the community at places frequented by women, like health spas or beauty salons. The foundation also raises funds for local cancer charities and works closely with Sylvester to make sure patients, family members and caregivers receive vital information about ovarian cancer.

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