CHATHAM, NJ - Anna McCormack, a 15-year resident of Chatham, is living proof of what early detection of Ovarian Cancer can mean. Hers was discovered at stage one five years ago, greatly increasing her chances for survival.
McCormack told her story (see video below) in promoting "Turn the Towns Teal" at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night when she received a proclamation in support of the cause from the mayor and council.
"I remember recovering from surgery and beginning my chemotherapy treatment when I started seeing the teal ribbons up along Main Street," McCormack said. "I had heard about Turning the Towns Teal and had seen the ribbons, but it all became personal and meaningful that September five years ago. Awareness and education are so important in fighting any cancer."
Ovarian cancer is called the "silent disease" because the symptoms are subtle and hard to detect. The "Turn the Towns Teal" campaign brings awareness to Ovarian Cancer and raises funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.
The survival rate can be 90 to 95 percent when discovered in the early stages. But the five-year survival rate is 46 percent because it is so difficult to detect.