October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Fri, 10-15-2004 - 1:29pm

Pink Ribbons ~ m~



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Fri, 10-15-2004 - 4:14pm
While I understand the importance of drawing attention to Breast Cancer..how many were aware that September was National Ovarian Cancer Month? I wasn't and my mom just died in May from ovarian cancer...in the 7 yrs she fought this disease, never once did I see an announcement anywhere...or hear about special events, etc..aimed at Ovarian Cancer awareness in the month of September.

Cancer of the ovaries is the sixth most common cancer in women. About 25,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, and more than 14,000 women die of the disease each year. This makes it a more common cause of death than more prevalent, but more easily detected, cancers of the uterus and cervix.

It is difficult to detect ovarian cancer early – only about 25% of the cancers are found in the easily treatable stage, before they have spread beyond the ovaries. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and nonspecific. They include abdominal swelling and pain, indigestion, changes in urination and bowel habits, bloating and a feeling of pressure in the pelvis, weight changes, and unexplained vaginal bleeding. Since there are many non-cancerous conditions that can also cause these symptoms, it is important to have regular checkups and to consult with your physician if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Who is at increased risk?

Women who have no family members with ovarian cancer have a 1 in 70 risk of developing the disease during their lifetime.

Women who have one first-degree relative with ovarian cancer have a risk of 1 out of 20 getting the disease too. Women with two first-degree relatives have a risk of 1 out of 14 getting ovarian cancer. A woman’s first-degree relatives include mother, sister and aunt either on her mothers or fathers side.

A very small group of these women — 3 out of 100 of the women with two relatives — have something called autosomal dominant syndrome This places them at very high risk for ovarian cancer. The three known hereditary syndromes that place a woman at exceedingly high risk are:

1. Ovarian cancer syndrome in which the family members have ovarian cancer at the same location on the ovary.

2. Breast-ovarian cancer syndrome, in which two or more family members have both of these kinds of cancer.

3. Breast-ovarian-endometrial-colorectal cancer syndrome, in which two or more family members have all of these kinds of cancer.

What are the general risk factors?

*5 to 10 out of 100 women with ovarian cancer have 1 or more relatives with the disease.

*A woman who has a history of infertility, has a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer.

*A woman who did not have 1 or more children is at a higher risk.

*A woman who menstruated, or started her period early, has a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

*A woman who has had breast, endometrial or colorectal cancer, has a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer.

*A woman who entered menopause later than the average age, is at a higher risk. The average age for menopause is 52 years old.

*A woman who is obese or very overweight

http://www.directlabs.com/newsletter/CA-125Newsletter.php

also how many are aware that March is National Colorectal Cancer Month? http://www.preventcancer.org/colorectal/

My 45 yr old sister was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May..it has already metasticise into 4 lung nodules and 12 lymph nodes...she was given a *best hope* of 22 month survival...

So basically what I am saying is be aware of Breast Cancer...but don't forget it is only one of the many types of cancer out there...

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Fri, 10-15-2004 - 4:46pm

I'm so sorry for the loss of your

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Sat, 10-16-2004 - 7:02pm
Something else.....it's a nice story, but as my family found out this year, men are just as much at risk as women. My father was diagnosed and in chemo for breast cancer. Breast exams should be done by both MEN and WOMEN. Take a moment and if you wonder at all be seen! Women over 35 should have a mammogram now to determine a baseline for later years. If you have any risk at all you should be seen ASAP. My family had no history of cancer and yet, we are not in a higher risk category because my father has this awful disease. It takes 2 minutes to check yourself. L
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Registered: 08-20-2003
Sun, 10-17-2004 - 10:58pm

My grandmother died of Breast Cancer so this hits close to home!


Hugs to all of you who posted who have either lost a loved one to cancer or have one fighting currently!


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Mon, 10-18-2004 - 9:06am
thanks..sorry to take my frustration out on the board...just this month has been hard seeing all the things about breast cancer, etc..to the point that they are trying to get the St. Louis Arch lit w/pink bulbs this month...it just makes me want to scream..Breast Cancer isn't the ONLY kind of cancer...

my dh and I went w/my dad to a memorial service for all the patients at Ellis Fischel Cancer Hospital who had died in the last year and they even had that all decorated w/pink ribbons, etc...I wanted to ask (but didnt') where are the teal ovarian cancer ribbons..where are the brown ribbons (yes they really are brown, although I think they are changing to dark blue)for colon cancer...where are the kelly green for kidney cancer....where are the pearl lung cancer ribbons...where are the lime lymphoma or orange luekemia ribbons....the yellow bone cancer....or why aren't you using lavender for general or all cancers?...(you can see a list of different ribbon colors at http://www.choosehope.com/product/665/ )

anyway sorry if my post came across wrong..I was just frustrated...and stressed..

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Mon, 10-18-2004 - 1:31pm

((((Hugs))))

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Mon, 10-18-2004 - 1:41pm
(((Hugs))) to you and yours.

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Registered: 06-08-2004
Mon, 10-18-2004 - 1:41pm
(((Hugs))) to you all.

Sherrie