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Men need to know about Ovarian Cancer also....

Postby djinco » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:27 pm

Evelyn Lauder, who helped create the pink ribbon for cancer awareness, has died aged 75.

Lauder died at her Manhattan, New York home on Saturday from complications of non-genetic ovarian cancer. She had been diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
Lauder worked for more than 50 years for the beauty products giant, Estee Lauder, which was founded by her mother-in-law.

Yet Lauder is best known as a champion of breast cancer research and for her role in creating the pink ribbon campaign.

In 1992, she worked with her friend Alexandra Penney, the former editor-in-chief of Self magazine, to create the campaign for breast cancer awareness.
It started as a small project with Lauder and her husband, Leonard, largely financing the bows given to women at department store makeup counters to remind them about breast exams.

It expanded into fundraising products, congressional designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and $330 million in donations — $50 million from Estee Lauder and its partners — to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which Lauder also started.

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The Estee Lauder marketing arm has done amazing work to educate everyone about Breast Cancer. Who doesn't know what a Pink Ribbon means? We see Pink Ribbons on tools and dog food.

Who knows what a TEAL ribbon signifies?

Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer. The silent killer of women - silent because the symptoms are often ignored.

Ovarian cancer is a killer disease.
• It is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women.
• A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71. • More than 21,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. • More than 13,850 deaths are expected to be caused by ovarian cancer in the United States in 2010.
Early detection greatly increases survival.
• Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because symptoms are often subtle and easily confused with other conditions.
• When ovarian cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the ovaries, nine out of 10 women will survive for more than five years. However, only 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases in the United States are diagnosed at this early stage.
• Fewer than 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early. • Survival rates vary depending on the stage of diagnosis.
Learn ovarian cancer’s subtle symptoms.
• Many people do not know that ovarian cancer causes these symptoms in the majority of women who develop the disease: bloating; pelvic and abdominal pain; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
• Additional symptoms may include fatigue, indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation and menstrual irregularities.
• Research shows that women with ovarian cancer do experience symptoms. Without increased education, many women, and their doctors, will ignore or misinterpret symptoms.
• Women need to know if they may be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer, and what action to take, such as exploring whether to have a hysterectomy. Factors that increase risk include: increasing age; personal or family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer; and never having been pregnant or given birth to a child.
• About 10 to 15 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease.
More research is needed to develop an early detection test and a cure.
• There is no reliable and easy-to-administer early detection test for ovarian cancer (as there is for cervical cancer with a Pap test).
• Ovarian cancer research is drastically under-funded from a survival perspective. Federal appropriations for ovarian cancer research have declined in real dollars, although the death rate has remained stagnant for 30 years.

I pray that this information can save at least one woman.
Doug in Colorado

Teal... The New Pink
Pray for a cure; work for a cure; striving to educate everyone about Ovarian Cancer

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