We are proud to be working with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to research early detection for ovarian cancer. The "Auggie Babbitt Ovarian Cancer Research Fund" is where 35% of our profits will be donated to and the fund will allow us full transparency as to where each dollar donated is spent. It is our pleasure to achieve this milestone in setting up a research fund in honor of Auggie.
Dr. Rayna Matsuno is credited for helping us set up the Auggie Fund, as well as being the doctor who will be performing the research. The following is a brief description on the background and research she intends to perform:
"The majority of ovarian cancers are detected only after they have metastasized, or spread, to distant organs sites. Only 28.3% of women diagnosed at this late stage survive to 5 years. In contrast, that number is 92.1% among women who are diagnosed when their cancer is still confined to the ovaries. It is therefore crucial that ovarian cancer is detected early. Currently, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed when a woman has symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and urinary problems. The limitation of this is that these symptoms typically do not occur until the cancer has already spread. Our broad research goal is to develop tools to detect ovarian cancer before the presence of symptoms and to identify women who might benefit most from such tools. Following the lead of research in other cancers, we plan to evaluate patterns in blood cells that might suggest the presence of cancer. If certain patterns can be identified early in the cancer process, we would have a promising way to detect ovarian cancer before it has spread, giving patients a greater chance of surviving their disease."
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