The University of Arizona

Basketball stars to shine for Arizona Cancer Center’s Division of Women’s Cancers

By Johnny Cruz, August 16, 2007

Wildcat alumni who were drafted by NBA clubs during the Lute Olson era will return to their former hardwood home, McKale Center, to participate in the Lute Olson All-Star Classic. For many of the players, it will be a family reunion with a heartfelt purpose. This weekend’s event will benefit the Bobbi Olson Fund at the Arizona Cancer Center.

The Arizona Cancer Center, with the support of Coach Olson, his wife Christine, and the entire Olson family, has established the Bobbi Olson Fund to support research and treatment for women’s cancers. Proceeds from the fund go directly to the Center’s Division of Women’s Cancers, which is dedicated to discovering new treatments for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, as well as other gynecologic cancers.

Setsuko K. Chambers, MD, Bobbi Olson endowed chair in ovarian cancer research and director of women’s cancers at the Arizona Cancer Center, says, “Federal budget cuts have made securing adequate funding one of our biggest challenges on the research front. On behalf of everyone in the Division of Women’s Cancers, I am grateful, as always, for the Olson family’s efforts to promote research in women's cancers. This type of support is a sign of how much people want to see more women walk out of our clinic free of their disease.”

Researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center’s Division of Women’s Cancers are developing a top-rated translational research program by bringing together scientists, translational researchers, physician-scientists and clinicians from many disciplines to prevent and cure cancer. They are building on the proven strength of the Arizona Cancer Center to conduct life saving research that reaches you.

Breast Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer mortality in women.
This year, breast cancer will account for 32 percent of all new cancers in women.
In Arizona this year, approximately 4,000 women will contract breast cancer; about 720 of them will die.
This year, 12 percent of all new cancers in women will be gynecologic.
Due to a lack of early symptoms and proven ovarian-cancer screening tests, ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate of all gynecologic cancers.
Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 4 percent of all women’s cancers, but it is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women.

For more information about supporting the Bobbi Olson Fund, call 1-800-327-CURE or visit www.arizonacancercenter.org and follow the gift link.

The Arizona Cancer Center is the state’s premier National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Scottsdale Healthcare, the Center has more than a dozen research and education offices distributed throughout the state and 250 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org.

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