Frances' Letter

Dear WECT viewer,

WECT is proud to present a 30 minute special Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. on ovarian cancer.  We talk a lot these days about breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and even lung cancer.  But NO ONE talks about ovarian cancer.  Because the symptoms are so quiet, we need to break the silence on what can be a very deadly disease.  We will Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. right here on WECT.

The 30 minute special is called Ovarian Cancer: Breaking the Silence.  We will broadcast live from our studios here on Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington.  We will have a live audience and a panel of doctors and ovarian cancer survivors. We will also hear from family members of women who died from ovarian cancer.  One of those family members is our very own Chief Meteorologist, George Elliott.  George's mother died from ovarian cancer.  George will share his experience with his mother's ovarian cancer and why he believes it is imperative for women to pay close attention to their bodies.

We'll also hear from two women who found their ovarian cancer through hysterectomies.  Had they not both insisted on further tests which lead to their hysterectomies, neither would be here today.

And we'll talk about why African American women are less likely to be screened for any type of cancer.  Consequently, so often when ovarian cancer is found in African American women, it's found in the late stages.

Finally, this special is dedicated to a young woman by the name of Jennifer Tyde.  Jennifer died of ovarian cancer at the young age of 28.  I never met Jennifer, but I did meet her parents two years after her untimely death.  It was a promise to her parents that I would encourage people in our community to talk more about ovarian cancer that is the motivation behind this long overdue special.  At last, we are breaking the silence.   Please join us Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Frances Weller