Ovarian cancer hit my mother hard, as one in 70 will develop this disease. Each year, 200,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 125,000 women die from this disease.
Heartbroken, we began my mothers fight in 2015.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are not obvious. In fact, many are what you might consider day-to-day struggles. Such as bloating, lack of energy and loss of appetite. When ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the survival rate eclipse the 90 percent mark. But with no early detection test, vague symptoms are the only warning signs. My mother was experiencing all the signs. We even thought she had a hernia, due to the manual labor of delivering the mail.
This is why I want to spread ovarian cancer awareness throughout my community. It wasn’t brought to my attention on how little ovarian cancer awareness is spread. I noticed a local magazine with a seven-page spread for the month of September-October. This appalled me. And when finishing reading the article, there was a breast cancer agenda for the month of October with different events taking place for breast cancer. If you’re going to make a magazine that covers September-October issues and only talk about breast cancer, then you clearly aren’t aware that September is national ovarian cancer awareness month and that ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of womens cancers.
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Shortness of breath, extreme fatigue
Most new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed at stage 3 or later, meaning the cancer has already begun to spread to the lymph nodes and outside of the pelvis.
Stage I: The cancer is completely contained within the ovary or ovaries
Stage II: The cancer is in one or both of the ovaries and has spread to additional organs located in the pelvis such as the bladder, colon, rectum, or uterus.
Stage III: The cancer is in one or both of the ovaries and has spread to one or both of the following: the lining of the abdomen or the lymph nodes.
Stage IV: The cancer is in one or both of the ovaries and has spread from one or from or both ovaries to additional organs such as the liver or lungs, or there may be cancer cells in the fluid surrounding the lungs.
Recurrent: The cancer has returned after successful treatment.
The four stages of cancer are also divided into sub-groups.
Genetic testing is required to see if this type of cancer is heredity.
This is a serious cancer with an unfavorable outcome and can relate to cause of numerous amount of side effects. Please do not only check your breast but the rest of your body and female parts. Know the signs and never brush off making a doctor’s appointment.
Newspaper Ovarian Cancer Awareness Wreath
2. Poster board
3. Ribbons of color choice (teal is the color of ovarian cancer)
4. Staples and staple gun
5. Hot glue gun
Make two circles in middle of post board. Fold newspapers in the shape of cones and staple the bottom of the cone. Start hot gluing to the circles you made on poster board. (This takes the most time)
I used 3 Sunday’s newspapers. I applied a mixture of tool and ribbons.
i also found a butterfly and glued hanging ribbons. You can also detach the butterfly mum to hang separately.