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SocialVibe: Ovarian Cancer Funding

Posted Apr 18 2010 11:19am

Hey all!

So I am sure most of you noticed the new widget I have in my sidebar.

If you haven’t then I would ask that you please have a look in my sidebar.

Ovarian Cancer needs more funding.  This is close to my heart because about 12 years ago my favorite Aunt (my Grandma’s sister) died from ovarian cancer.  To click on the link will not cost you any money- just a couple of minutes and some space on your Facebook (or Twitter or MySpace ).  The sponsor listed will donate money for every minute logged in from this blog.

As the majority of my readers here are women I am hoping that you will all help out.  I mean the most of us have reproductive issues as it is (thus infertility) but our paths- while difficult- are not fatal.  I ask that you click the link as you would for the Breast Cancer Awareness movement.  Ovarian Cancer deserves the same level of research and that can’t be accomplished without funding.

And for those of you who are men- please click the link to honor the women in your family.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation then please go to: Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

From OvarianCancer.org :

  • Each year in the United States, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 women die of the disease
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that about 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during 2009
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 95

Ovarian cancer survival rates are much lower than other cancers that affect women.

  • Overall, the ten-year relative survival rate for ovarian cancer patients is 39%.
  • The relative five-year survival rate is 46 percent. Survival rates vary depending on the stage of diagnosis.
  • Women diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher five-year survival rate than those diagnosed at a later stage.
  • Fewer than 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early.

Comparison of cancer survival rates:

  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer in 1975 experienced a five-year survival rate of 75.3 percent; today, the American Cancer Society estimates the rate to be 89 percent.
  • Women diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1975 experienced a five-year survival rate of 69 percent; today, the American Cancer Society estimates the rate to be 71 percent.
  • Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1975 experienced a five-year survival rate of 34.8 percent; today, the American Cancer Society estimates the rate to be 46 percent.

Tagged: Funding , Ovarian Cancer , Research , SocialVibe , Women's Health
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