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Unread 09-29-2004, 10:10 AM
more ovarian cancer awareness in media

Hi Sisters,
Just wanted to let you know that in this month's "Health" magazine, there is a full page ad with Andie MacDowell for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which I was so happy to see. I also am excited because my local newspaper interviewed the leader of my ovarian cancer support group and took pictures of us in the group. Our group also had a casino night fundraiser for awareness that got the word out about ovarian cancer to a lot of people. I would love to hear about any other awareness events or media attention to ovca that anyone has heard about or been involved in.

Twisted Sister
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Unread 09-29-2004, 11:06 AM
Hi Twisted

Sounds as if things went well for awareness in your area. We had good success tihs year in Madison WI too. I wish the ad with Andie McDowell was one I'd have seen in bigger women's magazines--but we'll take what we get! Ophrah's magazine for October, seen at the clinic yesterday, was definitely pink.
Unread 09-29-2004, 11:38 AM
more ovarian cancer awareness in media

I was told yesterday that if someone uses AOL, version 9.0 that on the bottom corner of the opening page is a running number going on. When you click on it, it takes you to the Ovarian Cancer awareness page.
I guess the number is showing how many woman get it each year.. and is constantly changeing as you are online.

Thought that was great of AOL to run this "link" all month.

xo Donna
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Unread 09-30-2004, 10:29 AM
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What is the best way to become involved with the prevention of ovarian cancer? I am so mad that woman are not annually screened for this. I just had my right ovary removed 13 days ago. I think I am going to be ok but I am so mad because if it wasn't for me going to the gyno (my doctor had me going to a gastro doctor!!) they wouldn't of found this!!!!!! Women should have annual ultra sounds!!! My guess is that the insurance companies don't want to pay for it!!
Unread 09-30-2004, 12:14 PM

Hi Sisters,
Margaret 321, I saw your article through the link, and it is great that Madison, Wisconsin is doing so much for ovca awareness! It is too bad that Oprah's magazine is pink only, with no room for teal. Even Health magazine, which ran the Andie MacDowell ad was all pink, including in September(and I have written them several times about that-they only have run one article in a couple of years). Family Circle has run some articles and printed a letter I wrote to them about ovca last year. Woman's Day has also been fairly ovca aware. Donna Fay, I love that AOL was doing such a cool thing for awareness! Nvb 220, I share your anger about the insurance companies and their policies about screening for ovca and other gyn problems. There are many ways to become involved with prevention of ovarian cancer. One is to get involved with a local or national ovarian cancer advocacy group. Another is to get booths at health fairs and hand out teal ribbons and pamphlets about ovarian cancer. Speaking at events is important. My advocacy group is going to start having us meet with medical students to tell about our experiences so that they can better identify ovca and understand the disease and the lives it touches. Having public events to benefit ovarian cancer causes(like walk/runs and entertainment events with speakers on the cause)are also helpful. I would love to see us receive the same amount of funding and publicity as our sisters with breast cancer, so that more women will be aware of this, just as they are of the importance of mammograms.

Twisted Sister
Unread 09-30-2004, 01:44 PM
Thanks Twisted Sister

Thanks for the info! Hopefully soon I will be feeling better and I will make this one of my main causes in life! I read that Ovarian cancer has a 2% survival rate?????????? Something is wrong here! Something needs to be done here. Do you know the percentages of people who get breast cancer verses people who get ovarian cancer? Thanks so much for all your informatio!!

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