WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Steve Israel (D-NY), Dan Burton (R-IN) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) today applauded the President’s designation of September as “National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.”  The four members led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing a resolution urging such a designation last July.


“As a survivor of ovarian cancer, whose life was saved by early detection, I know how important it is to raise awareness about this terrible disease. I am very pleased to join with my colleagues today recognizing September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,” said DeLauro. “I was one of the lucky ones, but no one should have to rely on luck to survive. Women who catch their ovarian cancer at an earlier stage are three times more likely to survive the disease than those who do not. By designating this month as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we can help to raise awareness, educate women, and save lives.”


Israel said: "I join my colleagues in applauding September's designation as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This underscores the importance of detecting ovarian cancer early, which can drastically improve chances of survival. Ovarian cancer is a terrible disease, and we must do everything in our power to make sure women are given the best odds of combating it."


Burton said: “When it is detected early, ovarian cancer is very treatable; unfortunately, ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose because symptoms are sometimes subtle and may be easily confused with those of other diseases.  Increased education and awareness about ovarian cancer, along with recognition of women who are at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer, is the only way that women and their doctors will be able to stop ignoring or misinterpreting the subtle symptoms of the disease.  It is my hope that through the designation of September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month the spotlight will be put squarely on this devastating disease. Early recognition of ovarian cancer symptoms still stands alone as the best way to save women's lives.”


Issa said: "With early diagnosis, ovarian cancer is survivable.  Over 95% of women who detect ovarian cancer during the early stages of the disease defeat the disease.  By learning the symptoms, checking their family histories and visiting with their doctors, women can detect ovarian cancer before it’s too late. No one and no family should have to face ovarian cancer without the knowledge necessary to detect and defeat it.  Along with my fellow Congressmen and citizens, I am proud to have helped fight ovarian cancer."