Jasper recognizes GYN cancer awareness month

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/22/17

More than 100,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For Carbon Hill resident Linda Pike, the diagnosis came in 2008. Pike underwent surgery after …

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Jasper recognizes GYN cancer awareness month

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More than 100,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For Carbon Hill resident Linda Pike, the diagnosis came in 2008. Pike underwent surgery after learning that she had ovarian cancer.

In 2015, the cancer returned.

The tumor also caused a tear in her small intestine, leaving Pike battling additional health complications while also enduring chemotherapy treatments.

Pike is currently on her second round of chemo.

“She has been on this long journey for two and a half years, and she’s still on it,” said her sister, Nancy Izzi.

Izzi represented her sister at a recent Jasper City Council meeting in which Mayor David O'Mary presented a proclamation recognizing September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

Teal ribbons have been placed around downtown as a reminder of women who have been diagnosed with one of the five types of gynecologic cancer.

Warehouse 319 is also sponsoring a Spirit Night for the Birmingham-based Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Head Over Teal 10K/5K will be held Saturday at The Preserve in Hoover.

The foundation was originally founded in 2009 to support early detection research but now also provides direct support to women who have gynecologic cancer.

Last year, the foundation provided over $50,000 in direct support.

The foundation also collaborates with the CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group to offer two support meetings a month in Birmingham.

The CanSurvive program reached over 800 people in 2016 through meetings, patient assistance and gift bags distributed across the state.

For more information, visit www.thinkoflaura. org.