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Ovarian cancer affects around one-tenth as many Americans as breast cancer, and, perhaps as a result, the former receives much less attention.

This is not to say that breast cancer deserves any less attention or support, but events supporting the study of ovarian cancer are sparse locally, as Sept. 28’s Teal Carpet Affair and the annual summer Stiletto Run are the primary two to collaborate with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

With the large-scale breast cancer struggle and the proximity of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, local events typically support breast cancer awareness, research and treatment—ranging from the Bosom Buddies Walk, Beer and Bacon Festival, Susan G. Komen Run, the Sabres Wine Festival and the Dirty Girl Mud Run, as well as a slew of gatherings during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—but it’s worth focusing on the ratio between women diagnosed with ovarian cancer to those who lose the battle is disconcerting.

According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s website, 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer will appear in 2013, and just over 14,000 women will die from the disease. Here’s what’s worse:

According to the data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in forty years since the “War on Cancer” was declared. However, other cancers have shown a marked reduction in mortality, due to the availability of early detection tests and improved treatments. Unfortunately, this is not the case with ovarian cancer, which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.

Because September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, KC You There and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance—in addition to sponsors like Moe’s Southwest Grill, New Era Cap, room Buffalo and Northwestern Mutual—will hold their fourth annual Teal Carpet Affair from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at Statler City’s Rendezvous, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $50 at the door, and they can be purchased through Eventbrite here.

In addition, we’re running a Buffalo.com contest to give away a pair of tickets and a stupendous prize package from the sponsors—you can enter here, and it runs through noon on Sept. 24.

“Ovarian cancer is overlooked and yet is one of the deadliest diseases among women,” said Karina Lopez, who’s the co-founder of KC You There with Curtis Rogers.

“It’s actually known as the silent killer, which is scary even to type! We figured, since we knew just how badly it affects the lives of so many women—even young women—we would be able to shine a new light on a disease that has been overshadowed for over 30 years.”

For a taste of what to expect at the event, you can look back at Erica Morano’s photo gallery from 2011, but the Teal Carpet Affair will boast auctions, giveaways, catering from Moe’s Southwest Grill and cocktails.

The event has grown rapidly since debuting in 2010, as well over 400 people are expected inside Rendezvous, the party area in the basement of the historic Statler.

“When we first started the Teal Carpet Affair, it was our friends and family that supported and attended,” Lopez explained. “Now we see guests we’ve never met before who heard about the event through word-of-mouth and needed to experience the event for themselves.

“Nothing makes me happier than receiving kind emails and messages from strangers who are thanking us for putting this event together as they rarely see awareness for ovarian cancer in the area.”

It’s not mandatory to wear teal to the Teal Carpet Affair, but it’s not a bad idea, either. Help KC You There increase awareness for ovarian cancer through the Teal Carpet Affair.

(Photos courtesy of KC You There)

TAGGED: charity event, downtown, kc you there, ovarian cancer, ovarian cancer national alliance, rendezvous, statler city, teal carpet affair

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