Education called key in early cancer detection

2013-04-22T21:30:00Z 2013-04-23T23:31:12Z Education called key in early cancer detectionAnnette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Allison Robertson hopes to educate more women about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer May 31, 2011, and currently is showing no signs of the disease. She is 49.

Robertson, along with her mother, Helen Wiersman, both of Valparaiso, are involved with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

"They have an annual walk in May and this will be our second year with it," Robertson said. "We have a whole team of 50 people and we want more to get involved."

Robertson's team is Teal Magnolias, with teal being the symbolic color for ovarian cancer. The walk is May 4 at U.S. Cellular Field.

When Robertson was diagnosed, she underwent 10 hours of surgery, recovery and then went into a clinical trial at the Unviertsiy of Chciago.

"I did pretty well with the chemo," she said. "I just want to get the word out on ovarian cancer. Women diagnosed at Stage 1 and 2 have a 90 percent survival rate and Stage 3 and 4 only 35 percent so I want women to know the warning signs."

Robertson feels if she knew the warning signs and symptoms, she may have figured out sooner that something was wrong.

She is a mentor for newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients with the NOCC Chicago Chapter and with Immermans Angels. The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

If people want to donate or become a team member, call Robertson at (219) 508-4594. 

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