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Rock band raises awareness for gynecologic cancer

Posted at: 04/21/2013 11:20 PM
Updated at: 04/21/2013 11:29 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

It's a disease every woman and their loved ones need to be aware of: gynecologic cancer.

Doctors say there is not enough awareness about it.

Six gynecologic oncologist surgeons have come up with a rather interesting way to inform people about the disease and they showcased their initiative Sunday night.

These men and women are oncologists during the day and part of a rock band at night.

When they combined the two many years ago it turned into a powerful movement, educating as many people as they can about this terrible disease.

They have showcased their initiative in a documentary called “NED” or “No Evidence of Disease.” It was featured Sunday night at the Jewish Community Center's Hart Theatre. It was part of the "Below the Belt Out in the Open" event sponsored by a number of local foundations.

The film documents their efforts to raise awareness throughout the U.S. and abroad and in it several patients share their stories about their battle with the disease.

Doctors say gynecologic cancers don't receive the amount of attention as other cancers. They hope to change that, one step at a time.

“We want to get people talking. We want people to understand that this cancer exists and that they are not alone. People that are suffering from this cancer are not alone. Also, to get the word out so that they understand the treatments available and the prevention available for these types of cancers. Just having conversation is important and because these cancers are traditionally not talked about, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and other types of cancer. We want to get more people comfortable talking about it,” said Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, Sinai School of Medicine Professor.

The band has been performing and raising money for the cause since 2008. They are based in Washington, D.C.