Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ovarian Cancer--Pay It Forward!

Did you know that 22,000 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer every year?

Seventh Generation has partnered with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help fight the all-too-often silent battle against Ovarian Cancer by donating $1 to OCRF for each person who registers at Seventh Generation's Let's Talk...Period website on September 1, 2009. Up to $22,000 will be donated...that's $1 for each affected woman this year!

Why care?
  • Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women.
  • The OCRF along with Woman to Woman, a volunteer network providing hope and support to women in treatment, will use those dollars to continue the conversation.
Signs & Symptoms

  • Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling or pain
  • Bloating and/or feelings of fullness
  • Unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal vaginal bleeding
Risk Factors (other than being female, haha)
  • Peri or post-menopause
  • Uninterrupted ovulation (having no pregnancies and no prior use of oral contraceptives)
  • Family or personal history of breast/ovarian cancer
  • Presence of BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations

What You Can Do

Woman on the Street: Find Out What’s In a Conventional Tampon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-CT_PgVHgI

Dr. Alan Greene discusses organic cotton tampons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L79y6gkefso

Comedienne Jessica Bern, channels Aunt Flo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ml4-L-1-o Comedienne Josie Leavitt, talks about tampons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2vJT9GCwfA

1 comment:

  1. One of my best friends from childhood, Elizabeth Amisano, died of ovarian cancer in October 2005. She was 19. It's so important to know the signs, and know your body.


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