City proclaims gynecological cancer awareness month

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Gynecological cancer is the fourth largest cancer killer of women in the united states.

Ovarian cancer is considered a rare disease because about 22,000 women are diagnosed with it each year, compared with 250,000 with breast cancer. But it's not necessarily a death sentence.

Nina Beth Hargrove is celebrating her birthday September 16th. She says these days, everyday is a good day. "And I just celebrate everyday but we've already had one big party this morning. My bible-study lady friends came over and we just talked about the Lord and celebrated life and had lunch. And then tonight my family's getting together to dance the Tango. So, you know, I just celebrate life."

Hargrove's garden is a testament to her love of life. She's been battling with ovarian cancer since 2005 with chemotherapy. She says her faith gets her through. "I probably will never be able to say, thank you, God, for the cancer, but I can certainly thank Him for the blessings in my life the last four years."

Because of the nature of the disease, people are sometimes reluctant to talk about it.  Brian Eades, MD, says, "They want to know it's there but not really have it on their radar on a daily basis."

But ovarian cancer is not easy to detect, so Hargrove says it's important to know the facts.  "You don't have to have your ovaries to have ovarian cancer. There is a thin membrane at the top of the abdomen that's called the omenum. And you can get ovarian cancer in that even if you don't have your ovaries."