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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 Writers International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Just as we take time to change the batteries in our smoke alarms when we "Fall Back" and "Spring Forward" with Daylight Savings Time each year, take time to honor the women you love this Mother's Day by sharing important information about the risks, symptoms and prevention of gynecologic cancers. This important information truly can save lives!

  • Learn the symptoms   
  • Listen to your body 
  • Know your family health history 
  • Act by seeking care from a gynecologic oncologist if you suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer
Visit the Women & Girls' Cancer Alliance for more information and how to contribute towards research funding. It is thanks to research that a vaccine (HPV) was developed to lower the risk of cervical cancer. We need more research regarding ovarian, uterine, and fallopian cancers.

                                CANCER IS TOO OFTEN A CHRONIC DISEASE

My ovarian cancer returned after being cancer free for 5 years. According to the National Cancer Institute, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,270 will die this year (44%). It occurs in all ages, even infants and children. 

The 5 year survival rate for uterine cancer is 86.5%; for cervical it is 67.9%; and for vulva cancer it is 70.5%.

May each of us celebrate Mother's Day in a meaningful and special way. Let's donate our time by volunteering to help inform and inspire women toward better health. Let's help raise money at rallies, runs, and fundraisers. And, let's dig a little deeper into our pockets to donate money for research.

Thanks to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, National Cancer Institute, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and Women & Girls' Cancer Alliance for providing some of the above information, and their continued efforts to raise gynecologic cancer education and funding.

Proceeds from my book go to gynecologic cancer research at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Orlando, Florida. Available at www.outshineovariancancer.com

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