Tag Archives: Ovarian Cancer

    • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

      September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a great time to support ovarian cancer organizations and to help raise awareness about this disease. Teal is the color used to represent and bring awareness to ovarian cancer.  The signs aren't always obvious - symptoms are sometimes described as the ovarian cancer whisper, which is why it is important for women to know their bodies. If something is causing concern, be sure speak with your doctor. There are very few warning signs, but talking to your doctor if you feel like something isn't right can be the best defense against the disease.  Actually, when detected early enough the 5 year survival rate is 93%.


      The main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

      * bloating or internal gas

       * pelvic, abdominal pain or lower back pain

      * nausea, lack of appetite or feeling full quickly

      * urinary frequency or urgency

      * unexplained changes in bowel habits

      * unexplained weight loss or gain

      * decreased lack of energy that is ongoing


      If you have a combination of these symptoms and they last for 2-3 weeks be sure you consult your doctor.



      While the exact cause of ovarian cancer isn't known, there are some factors which can put certain people at a greater risk of developing the disease than others.

      * Age -- more specifically women over 45 years old

      * Genetics -- if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer you are at risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you have had breast cancer your risk for ovarian cancer also increases.

      * BRCA1 or BRCA 2 -- an inherited gene mutation that puts women at a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

      * Infertility or No pregnancies


      It is important to remember that all women are at risk and that why it is so important to bring awareness and donate to cancer research organizations so they will have the funds they need to learn more about early detection, prevention ans treatment. While yearly gynecological exams do not always test for ovarian cancer, getting a routine pelvic and rectal examination is a good first step. Also, ask your doctor about the CA125 blood test, which tests the level of a substance in the blood that increases when a cancerous tumor is present. While the test can be a good tool for those at high risk of developing the disease, it isn't recommended for women of normal or ordinary risk. This is because the test can miss over 50% of cancers and can be raised by benign conditions.

      Since September is ovarian cancer awareness month, be sure to talk to the women in you life to ensure they know about the risks and symptoms associated with the disease. In addition, if you are concerned that you maybe be at risk for developing ovarian cancer have a talk with your doctor and ALL women should be getting regular check-ups.

    • April is Cancer Control Month

      B. C. Awareness Crystal Ribbon Pin


      Cancer has touched the lives of just about everyone, in one way or another. Most of us have had a family member, friend, or perhaps even ourselves -- diagnosed with cancer. In recent years, great strides have been made in cancer research, knowledge about prevention, and treatments -- but despite all that, new cases of cancer are increasing each year.    


      Sterling Silver Survivor Ribbon Necklace    

      The good news is, some cancers can be prevented. Those cancers which are caused by tobacco and heavy alcohol use, could be completely prevented; according to the American Cancer Society's Facts and Figures 2010. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and staying away from things known to cause cancer can help decrease your chances of developing the disease, as well. Also, make sure to participate in the cancer screenings recommended by your doctor. Early detection of cancer, is really the key to surviving the disease. Ask your doctor which screening are appropriate for you age and family history.   


      Swarovski Crystal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Charm


      According to ACS, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States -- Heart Disease is #1.  The most common types of cancers - in both men and women - are skin cancer and lung cancer. This is why it is so important to take preventative measures like; applying (and continuing to re-apply) a sunscreen of SPF20 or higher before going out in the sun, staying away from indoor tanning beds, quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand smoke, etc.

       If we can all educate ourselves, our family and our friends -- we may be able to deduce the number of cases. If we all bring awareness and do what we can to support these organizations that are working hard to raise money to find a cure -- we may actually see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.
      If you or someone you know has cancer contact the American Cancer Society for information, assistance, or support. They have many programs available to help. 




    • Top 5 Cancer Fighting Foods

      According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the 25% of Americans who eat the fewest fruits and vegetables have double the cancer rate for most types of cancer.  Here's the top 5 cancer-fighting foods:

      1.  Peppers: Crisp, sweet and brightly colored

      2.  Cabbage, broccoli, califlowers, collards, kale Brussels sprouts, bok shoy, mustard greens, radishes, rutabaga, turnips and watercress

      3.  Berries: Cranberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

      4.  Tomato-based foods: Pasta sauce, tomato paste, ketchup and salsa

      5.  Apples, especially the peel

      By eating 5 to 9 servings from fruit to vegetables a day you can reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

    • Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course

      As you may be aware, Charming Chick supports a variety of Awareness causes, including Ovarian Cancer Awareness.  Through the years I have met many inspirational woman who have survived Ovarian Cancer.  Therefore I wanted to pass along the following information regarding a free course for cancer survivors, friends and family members.

      The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation will be sponsoring an Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course on Feb. 7th, 2009.  This is a free, full day course where you can hear from some of the nation's leading ovarian cancer experts.  The event will be at the Hnery B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

      To register please visit www.thegcf.org

    • Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer

      In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little information about who is at risk for Ovarian Cancer.  According to the Massachusetts Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition, it is estimated that over 16,000 women in the U.S. will die of Ovarian Cancer this year.  No doubt it is important to know the signs and your risks.

      If you would like to read more about symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, check out my August article.

      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman that has significant family history of Ovarian Cancer is at a higher risk herself. A close family member can be your:

      * Mother
      * Father
      * Sister
      * Brother
      * Grandparent (on your mother's or father's side)
      * Mother's sister and/or brother
      * Father's sister and/or brother

      Having a family history of cancer does not mean you are going to certainly get cancer. Many factors, such as family history and age, may increase a person's risk of cancer. Unfortunately not all of the causes are known at this time.

      To learn more about genetic testing, as well as more details on how genes affect cancer, please visit the National Cancer Institute's website.

      I encourage every woman to talk to her doctor about her risks and the signs of Ovarian Cancer.   This September, help spread the word to family and friends that being aware can significantly increase your chances of early detection, and often, survival.

      For some of my favorite Ovarian Cancer Awareness jewelry, click the pictures below:

      Ovarian Cancer Ring Ovarian Cancer Necklace Teal Ribbon Pendant

    • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

      This September we celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness and promote research.  Remind your sisters, mothers, and friends that regular screening and early detection is the key to survival.

      Thousands of women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer this year, and many will not survive.  Please make yourself and your loved ones aware of some of the warning signs and talk to your doctor about your risks.

      For common symptoms and risk factors, please see the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's website.  Additionally you can find out more about the Presidential Proclomation of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month on the White House website.

      From all of us here at Charming Chick, thank you for working so hard to promote Awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  Working together, we pray that one day a cure will be found.

      Ovarian Cancer Awareness Prayer Box Charm Ovarian Cancer Awareness T-shirt Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ring

    • Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

      Do you know the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? Currently there is no specific test for Ovarian Cancer, so all women should be aware of the symptoms in order to increase early detection.

      According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the most common symptoms include:
      • Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
      • Abdominal bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, and/or feeling of fullness
      • Unexplained change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
      • Unexplained weight gain or loss
      • Frequency and/or urgency of urination
      • Unusual fatigue
      • Shortness of breath
      • New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal vaginal bleeding

      To read more about Ovarian Cancer symptoms and risk factors, check out the Johns Hopkins Ovarian Cancer Center Excellence.

      For some of my favorite Ovarian Cancer Awareness jewelry, click the pictures below:

      Ovarian Cancer Awareness Bracelet Ovarian Cancer Awareness Earrings Ovarian Cancer Awareness Necklace

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