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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

A conversation with NICOLE SANDFORD about ovarian cancer.

Nicole Sandford, Aspira’s President and CEO, shares her thoughts in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. She is shown with her husband, Dan, and their three children.

Why did you join Aspira Women’s Health?

I joined Aspira because I believe women deserve access to better ovarian cancer diagnostic tools, and Aspira has the proven technologies that make that possible. As the mother of daughters with a family history of both ovarian and breast cancers, I knew I had to do everything in my power to make our tests the standard of care for all women. I’m working hard to build a team of talented people from the diagnostics and biotech sectors that share my passion for our mission.

How do you plan to support ovarian cancer research and advocacy this month?

Aspira is matching all employee donations to ovarian cancer advocacy and charitable organizations during September. I’ve also asked our executive team to join me in raising awareness by writing these profiles for our social media platforms.

What are some things you have learned about ovarian cancer that you wish more people were aware of?

I wish people knew that ovarian cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Earlier detection is critical. Women need to pay attention to their bodies and not ignore the warning signs. The symptoms –  abdominal pain, bloating, and heavier than normal bleeding —  can be confused with many other conditions. As a result, women may assume it’s something else, seeing several other doctors before finally being diagnosed.

I’ve also learned that ovarian cancer may be an even bigger risk for post-menopausal women who don’t prioritize gynecological health the way they did when they were younger. I’d encourage men to make sure the women in their lives prioritize self-care. Remind your mother, daughter, wife, or friend to take the time for annual physicals and gynecological check-ups.