Coliseum Health System
August 31, 2016

Merle Norman Cosmetics will partner with the Coliseum Cancer Institute to increase awareness of ovarian cancer in middle Georgia. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Merle Norman will host activities throughout the month.

The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Kick Off Media Event will be held at Merle Norman Cosmetics on Thursday, September 1 at 9:30 a.m. Owner, Linda Brambila, will share her family's touching journey with ovarian cancer. Linda will also shave her head as she remembers her mother and her sister, who both lost their battle with ovarian cancer. Media is invited to this event as Linda displays her level of dedication to spreading awareness! A cancer nurse navigator will also be on hand to share information about the disease.

Each Wednesday in September, a nurse from Coliseum Cancer Institute will be at Merle Norman to share information about early detection of ovarian cancer and risks of developing the disease. Times will be as follows: September 7 and 21 from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. & September 14 and 28 from 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Throughout the month of September, Merle Norman will offer free facials for Ovarian Cancer Survivors. Appointments are required and space is limited.

All events will take place at Merle Norman Cosmetics, located at 5437 Bowman Road, Suite 122 of the Lofts at Bass, in Macon. For more information, or to make an appointment for a facial, call (478) 475-0704.

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the cancer that hides. The symptoms of ovarian cancer - digestive issues, excessive fatigue, excessive bleeding, changes in bowel and bladder problems, and pain during intercourse - often mask themselves as other health issues, leading to a misinterpretation of what may be the true problem. By the time ovarian cancer is often discovered, it has already spread beyond the ovaries, making it the deadliest gynecologic cancer. Early recognition of the symptoms of ovarian cancer is the best way to save women's lives. If caught early, ovarian cancer is highly treatable.