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Blue shines a light on cancer awareness campaigns in Chicago and Baltimore

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September 22, 2010

What can blue do for you? Well, it depends what city you're in, but the folks throwing the light switches hope it might save your life.

Since Sept. 10 more than 20 buildings in Chicago have been aglow in teal lights to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and remind women that early detection and treatment is critical to beating the disease that kills about 15,000 women annually in the United States.

The Chicago Tribune spoke with cancer survivors who are organizing a fundraiser Friday night to showcase the city's blue hue and raise money for a local chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.  "Ovarian cancer is a disease that whispers," said Elizabeth Isham Cory, 52, a five-year ovarian cancer survivor, referring to the fact that it's hard to detect early. Read the full story at "Turning up the volume on 'disease that whispers.' "

In Baltimore, the dome at Johns Hopkins Hospital glowed blue Tuesday night to do the same for prostate cancer. An estimated 217,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the cancer this year and some 32,000 will die, the Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog reports. Read the full post at "Hopkins goes blue for prostate cancer awareness."

Even if your city isn't glowing, you can still learn about early signs of ovarian cancer and prostate cancer to open a window on two deadly diseases.

-- Mary Forgione

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