Presidential Message on National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2018

Presidential Message on National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This year, roughly 14,000 American women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer
and more than 20,000 will be diagnosed with the disease. They are our mothers
and grandmothers, sisters and daughters, aunts, neighbors, and friends. During
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Melania and I join with all Americans
in remembering those we have lost to ovarian cancer, supporting those who
bravely fight this disease, and reaffirming our resolve to eradicate cancer for
future generations.

It is important that all Americans know the symptoms and risk factors associated
with ovarian cancer. Women who are middle-aged or older, who have had cancer, or
who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, may be at increased risk
of developing this disease. Early detection of ovarian cancer remains one of the
best ways of combatting it, which is why I urge all women, especially those who
may be at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, to consult their
healthcare providers about their risk of this disease.

Our Nation is making strides in the battle against cancer, and we applaud the
dedicated researchers and highly-skilled medical professionals who give great
hope and provide exceptional treatment options to people across our country. My
Administration is committed to supporting their efforts as they continue
innovating andproviding women and their doctors with the resources they need to
treat and defeat diseases like ovarian cancer. Earlier this year, the Food and
Drug Administration approved an additional therapy for the treatment of ovarian
cancer, and I signed into law Federal “Right to Try” legislation, which provides
those diagnosed with a terminal illness expanded options for care and treatment
that could save their lives.

We will continue to find new ways to beat ovarian cancer, as this devastating
disease still affects too many women each year. We stand with all those who know
the pain and heartache of battling ovarian cancer. Together, we affirm our
commitment to finding new and improved ways to prevent, detect, and treat
cancer, and ultimately to curing this horrible disease.

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