WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Runners Go Three-Days Strong For Cancer

Play associated audio
Participants in the National Race to End Women's Cancer are racing to raise awareness and research funding to fight cancers unique to women.
Karen Bates
Participants in the National Race to End Women's Cancer are racing to raise awareness and research funding to fight cancers unique to women.

A three-day marathon relay is under way on the National Mall to raise awareness about various cancers that threaten women. About 50 people are signed up to run 10 miles each before passing on the baton. The runners will continue their relay throughout the night.

Many of the participants are surgeons and cancer survivors. Karen Bate, with the National Race to End Women's Cancer says, in the past two decades breast cancer awareness campaigns have led to 34 percent fewer breast cancer fatalities.

"We hope to do the same thing for these below-the-belt cancers - ovarian, cervical, endometrial, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar," she says. "These cancers are not talked about, but one woman every seven minutes dies of them."

D.C. has the highest rates of ovarian cancer, and officials are urging women to get regular tests and to look for signs of the disease early on.

The official 8-mile race is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6.

NPR

A Good Joke Told Twice Is Not Necessarily Stolen

When comedians write jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. Comedy writer Larry Getlen tells NPR's Rachel Martin that stealing jokes happens sometimes, but it's rare.
NPR

'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad

There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.
NPR

Could Biden Catch Clinton In A White House Bid?

Host Rachel Martin speaks with William Pierce, executive director of the the Draft Biden PAC, about reports that the vice president is mulling a 2016 run.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.