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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Brings Recording Artists to Los Alamos
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Along with many organizations around the country, local charity Ovarian Cancer Together Inc. is bringing awareness to Los Alamos by holding a benefit at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
Working in New Mexico to support survivors and educate the public about the risks of ovarian cancer, this year, OCT will hold its first music and awareness evening, promising quality entertainment for all.
Headlining the show are the award winning Buckarettes, a fun-loving group of gals from Albuquerque who sing an avant-garde cowgirl repertoire. Their three-part Andrews Sisters-like harmony is the type of music you can swing the night away to.
Voted “Best of the Best” in local musical groups in “Albuquerque the Magazine” in 2007, they have played all over New Mexico and in Arizona and Colorado, for cowboy gatherings, festivals, and art shows. Their third album “Cowgirl Serenade” wonmany awards and national attention.
Tickets to the show are a tax-deductible contribution and will help Ovarian Cancer Together continue to support women by offering support groups, newsletters and an extensive Web site that brings ovarian cancer survivors together in New Mexico and puts the local resources they need at their fingertips. It will also aid OCT’s continuing awareness program for New Mexico women.
Ovarian cancer is often called the silent killer because its symptoms are so subtle and often mistaken for mild digestive discomfort. Only 19 percent of women are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, when it’s potentially curable. The remainder often has to endure extensive surgery and chemotherapy in order to get the disease under control. Sadly only 35 percent of all those diagnosed will live for five years following incidence and 80 percent of those are likely to have a recurrence of their disease.
Ovarian Cancer Together, along with the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, who is sponsoring the event, will have information stands available that evening and each attendee will receive a free bookmark outlining the risks and symptoms of the disease.
As part of the evening Dr. Carolyn Y. Muller, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, will also give a short presentation.
awareness is crucial. While breast cancer survival rates have increased dramatically in the past 30 years, survival for ovarian cancer has stayed relatively constant,” Muller said. “As the fifth leading cause of death among women and the most deadly gynecological cancer, women need to be aware of its symptoms and seek appropriate help.”
The show can be seen at the Duane Smith Auditorium Friday. Doors open 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 seniors/children and can be purchased on the evening, or in advance at Don Taylor’s Photography 662-2523.