September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


President Barack Obama recently honored women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families and urged more research into prevention, detection and treatment of the disease as he issued a proclamation commemorating September as National Ovarian Cancer Month.

The issue is personal for the President — his mother, Ann Dunham, died of ovarian cancer in 1995.

In the proclamation, he urged women to talk to their doctors about risk factors for ovarian cancer, as it is difficult to detect early. Obama also called for more research into the disease.

“During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, our Nation pauses to lift up all those who know the pain of this disease, honor those we have lost, and renew our commitment to fighting ovarian cancer through more effective prevention, detection and treatment,” he wrote.

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