I’ve got something fun to share with you today. Do you need some new jewelry? Slipada consultant Alicia Lyle is hosting a fundraiser this month in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. For all purchases made through this link during the month of September, Alicia will be donating fifteen percent to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Her motto? Buy a pair, save a pair (of ovaries)!
You can check out the full catalog on her site. All jewelry listed as new is currently ten percent off through September 30. So, you can save ten percent on a new pair of earrings and know that fifteen percent of your purchase goes toward the fundraiser! Pretty cool, huh?
Do you live in the Baton Rouge area? If so, have we got an event for you! Sign up for the first ever Geauxteal Ovarian Cancer Walk on Saturday, April 20.
A bonus? It’s really a double feature. On the evening of the 20th, you can go to the second annual Strikeout Softball game to help strikeout ovarian cancer.
Check it out!
We recently told you about today’s Katie! show and its focus on cancer. If you’ll permit me to deviate from the ovarian cancer focus for just a moment, I have something to share with you from that episode regarding another type of cancer.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. According to the Huffington Post, Meryl Streep has done a PSA about screening for colorectal cancer awareness, and the full PSA will premiere on today’s show. A sneak peek of the PSA is already available, and I wanted to share it with you today.
Although I blog about ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer has had a significant impact on my life. I lost my mother to that disease almost seven years ago, so I really wanted to share this new PSA with you. Getting screened for colorectal cancer is extremely important – as with any cancer, early detection makes a huge difference in survival rates. My mother had her first routine colonoscopy at age 50 – unfortunately, her cancer was already at a very advanced stage. Huffington Post notes that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. for men and women. Early detection could help reduce that number and improve survival rates.
Thanks for letting me deviate from our usual topic for a few minutes, and please take a moment to check out Meryl’s PSA below.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported on a new study suggesting that women with ovarian cancer receive inadequate care and do not receive treatments that could prolong their lives. The article in the NYT noted that the study confirmed the view of many experts that there are “widespread, persistent flaws” in the care of ovarian cancer patients.
What are some of these flaws? One in particular jumped out at me – that many women receive treatment from doctors who have limited experience treating ovarian cancer. These doctors often do not have enough expertise in the complex treatments that might extend patients’ lives.
The article contains yet another troubling statistic. According to the NYT, the study found that “only a little more than a third of patients received the best possible care.”
Wow. That means that almost two-thirds of ovarian cancer patients are missing out on the best available treatment options, including the debulking surgery we’ve discussed previously on this blog.
The study discussed in the article highlights the benefits of seeing a gynecologic oncologist as opposed to a general surgeon or gynecologist. Seeing a specialist in this area may make a significant difference in the treatment options presented to a patient and the care she receives.
There was also an interesting comparison to breast cancer in the article, which stated:
“If this was breast cancer, and two-thirds of women were not getting guideline care that improves survival, you know what kind of hue and cry there would be,” said Dr. Armstrong, who was not involved in the study. But in ovarian cancer, she said: “There’s not as big an advocacy community. The women are a little older, sicker and less prone to be activists.”
Yet another reason that increasing ovarian cancer awareness is so essential. As we’ve said on this blog many times before, we need to make teal the new pink. The challenge, as always, is how to do that. For that reason, I’m glad to see the NYT shine a light on this issue and contribute to that increased awareness.
I’ve only pulled out a few points here, but the article is a very interesting read. I recommend that you click on over there and see for yourself.
There’s an event given by the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) on Thursday that sounds rather intriguing.
COCA is hosting their third annual Art Show and Fundraiser, this Thursday March 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Mile High Banks Building in Denver.
COCA will be holding an art show and fundraiser to support raising awareness about ovarian cancer. Our featured artists include Patricia Clarke, Duane Crawmer, Margaretta Gilboy, Sandra Kaplan, Deb Kaylor, Leona Lazar, Deborah McAllister, Jean Murr, Steve Phillips, and Elizabeth Rouland.
Artwork will remain on display (and available for sale) Friday and Saturday, March 15th-16th from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
Tickets ($40 for two or $25 for one) are still on sale through COCA’s website. Click here for more information.
I know it sometimes seems that we’re rather Denver/DC focused around here with our events.
Sorry! But it’s hard not to be when those are our homebases. Ha!
Fran Drescher is head of the Cancer Schmancer Movement, an organization dedicated to early detection of cancer in women. Cancer Schmancer advocates prevention and early detection, with a special focus on gynecological and ovarian cancer.
Fran will be on Katie this Wednesday (March 13), for a special show about cancer. (Other famous cancer survivors, including ovarian cancer survivor and Olympian Shannon Miller, will also be on the show.) Check your local listings to find out when you can watch this segment – it should be a good one!
The video below contains some additional information about Fran’s journey and the Cancer Schmancer Movement:
Will you be watching Katie on Wednesday?
It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, Marcy & I started this little blog.
It’s slightly less hard to believe that we haven’t posted since September. Life, as usual, has a way of… well, getting in the way.
Nonetheless, we’ve been doing a little behind-the-scenes work. The blog has a great new logo (courtesy of one of Marcy’s extremely kind and talented friends). We’ve updated the look of our Facebook and Twitter pages as well. (Are you connected with us there? If not, head on over!)
Now that we’ve got a snazzy new look, it’s time for us to start sharing some snazzy new posts with you as well. Stay tuned, and thanks for joining us on this journey!