Ten years ago…
My best friend died of ovarian cancer. Last year I wrote about mourning the loss of my best friend.
This year I will honor her by participating in awareness and sponsoring her daughter’s cancer walk team (Deb’s Butterflies) with the Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation. For every teal bracelet sold, I will donate $5.00 to the Foundation.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. One woman in 75 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year there will be over 22,280 new cases diagnosed and more than 14,240 women will die from it.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially in the early stages. This is due to the fact that the ovaries, two small, almond-shaped organs on either side of the uterus, are deep within the abdominal cavity. The following are some of the signs and symptoms:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
- Upset stomach or heartburn
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Constipation or menstrual changes
If symptoms are new and persist for more than two weeks, experts recommend seeing a doctor. When the symptoms do not resolve with normal interventions (such as diet change, exercise, laxatives, rest) it is imperative for a woman to see her doctor. Only about 19 percent of cases are diagnosed in the early stages because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often ambiguous.
How you can help:
Know the signs and symptoms and share your knowledge with others. Wear teal during the month of September to facilitate awareness. Donate to organizations that fund research and awareness programs.
Wear a teal bracelet!
For every teal bracelet I sell, I will donate $5.00 to the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation. Get your bracelet by clicking on the above picture or this link. I will personally hand-stamp each bracelet with the word of your choice and a cancer ribbon impression.
Today, my word(s) are OVARIAN CANCER. What’s your word?