Women battling ovarian cancer and their advocates were honored during the San Diego City Council’s Sept. 25 meeting.
Councilwoman Sherri Lightner presented a proclamation declaring September as “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of San Diego. Lightner and fellow Councilmember Marti Emerald praised the contributions of The Clearity Foundation, which is based in La Jolla, and the Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Alliance of San Diego, for increasing awareness of the disease and advancing ovarian cancer research towards early diagnosis.
Lightner said she has lost two close friends to ovarian cancer, known as a “silent killer” for its vague initial symptoms that make it difficult to detect until the cancer is advanced.
There to accept the honor was Hillary Theakston, executive director of The Clearity Foundation.
“While we’ve made amazing progress in improving survival for some cancers, the odds for women with ovarian cancer have not improved significantly since 1950,” Theakston said. “The best way to defeat ovarian cancer is to catch it early and personalize treatment for each patient.