Fourth Annual Dance for Life Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- People danced to local musicians in Charlottesville on Friday night to benefit ovarian cancer.

The fourth annual Dance for Life, a dance-a-thon and silent auction, benefited the local Marty Whitlow Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Local groups The Gladstones, Terri Allard, and Scufletown, performed.

The funds supported research at the UVa Cancer Center and provided treatment for local women affected by ovarian cancer.

Dr. Susan Modesitt, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UVa and director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division, said the money stays local.

"Research monies have been decimated over the last 20 years with cuts in National Cancer Institute Funding and things like that, so this money actually helped us figure out that some ovarian cancers are from the fallopian tube, which has allowed us to develop some new screening methods as well as new prevention methods, so it really all stays here and helps women. Today's research is clinical care for tomorrow's generation."

Dr. Modesitt said researchers have made several strides in recent years. As Modesitt stated, they have discovered that some ovarian cancers can come from the fallopian tubes and can be prevented. Researchers have also found which women are at higher risk for ovarian cancer because of genetic mutations.

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