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Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Friday, January 24, 2014

CHINESE MEDICINE DOLLS: HOW FAR HAVE WE PROGRESSED?


                   Chinese Ivory Medicine Dolls were used by doctors in ancient China. 

            ** Doctors were not allowed to touch their modest female patients. 

            ** With a point stick the women showed the doctor where they hurt.           

            ** The doctor would prescribe herbs or medicine to treat or cure her ailment.



Since my diagnosis with ovarian cancer I have listened to many women who have been hesitant to talk to their spouses, friends, or physician about concerns "below the waist." Some of them had pain, bloating, unusual menstruation, constipation/diarrhea, or vaginal discharge until they "could not take it anymore." 


As I observe movies, television shows, commercials, magazine ads, and so forth it becomes evident that in general the female genital-abdominal area is not presented with complete, informative or helpful information. There are ads and commercials about tampons, pads and menstrual pain, but almost no information about any cancers, diseases, or abnormalities of that body area.

It took the Susan B. Komen organization to bring awareness, open discussion, rallies, and so forth to present the very important issue of breast cancer. Due to this effort, women's breasts are no longer just sex symbols.

Our bodies are beautiful...let's be proud of them...keep them healthy...respond to their warning symptoms...and see our physicians in a timely manner.

Recommendations:

          * Age 21 PAP test every 2-3 years; age 30-65 PAP & HPV test every 3-5 years.

          * Consult physician for any abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge without delay.

          * See gynecologist for abdominal bloating or pain for 2 weeks.
       
          * Changes in urinary or bowel habits for 2 weeks require medical attention.

          * Know your family history.

(Download the link to track changes: http://www.ocaf.org/more-information/symptom-diary/


MY CANCER MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED & TREATED EARLIER IF I HAD ACTED ON THE THIRD RECOMMENDATION, AND NOT WAITED 5 MONTHS!

               Jaymie is an example of why we women need to be proactive: http://jaymiejamisonfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/01/cervical-cancer-awareness-month-meganne.html?m=1






ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER RESEARCH
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