There are new reccomendations in regards to the standard removal of ovaries during hysterectomies. Previously, it was thought that removing the ovaries would lessen a woman’s chance of getting ovarian cancer, but new research finds that women without ovaries actually have a higher chance of dying from other, unrelated causes. More
Topic: ovarian cancer
Diem Brown is battling ovarian cancer for the second time in her twenties–and very publicly. She’s keeping a blog about her experience and treatment over at People, and today she posted photos from a photo shoot that reveals her hair loss from chemotherapy–something she has mixed emotions about, even having gone through the hair loss–and hair re-growth–six years ago. More
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, more than 21,000 women will be diagnosed with this disease and nearly 14,000 will die from it in the U.S. alone. But, if it’s detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. That’s why, in honor of September being National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to know the nine warning signs of this disease. More
You may remember ovarian cancer survivor Diem Brown from her stints on MTV’s The Challenge: Fresh Meat (formerly Real World/Road Rules Challenge), The Challenge: The Duel, and The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes. She’s a nice girl in the body of a badass: kicking butt and taking names on TV, and serving as a vocal advocate for cancer patients offscreen. Diem was originally diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 23. Now, six years later, she’s fighting it for the second time. More
Raise your hand if you like getting a pelvic exam when you go to the doctor. No hands raised here either. Maybe that’s because they are uncomfortable, embarrassing or just so damn invasive, but we have to assume no woman actually wants to have a doctor insert his plastic-gloved hand into her vagina to feel around and palpitate her organs. And yet, many physicians routinely perform this exam. But thankfully, a new study says all of that may be unnecessary. To which we say: Hooray! More
As we round out National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it’s with great respect that we say good-bye to Wangari Maathai–the Nobel Peace Prize winner and African founder of the Green Belt Movement who dedicated her life to protecting the environment in order to help women living in rural Kenya. At age 71, she passed away yesterday after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. More
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and even though it’s one of the most deadly of women’s cancers according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, it still doesn’t receive enough attention (like how many people do we see wearing teal this month in support and awareness of this disease?) What’s more, according to some reports, doctors can misdiagnose or dismiss important warning signs that women report 30 to 35% of the time. That’s just unacceptable. More
Did you know that your father’s smoking habits around the time you were born could partly determine the timing of your last period? A recent Japanese study found women whose dads smoked while they were in the womb went through menopause an average of 13 months earlier than those whose dads were not smokers.
Genetics is weird, y’all. More
You usually work out to benefit your own health, but this month, you can actually see a personal trainer (at a discount!) to help fight ovarian cancer: David Barton is inviting anyone (members or non-members) to book an hour-long training session at his gyms for $50 to benefit ovarian cancer research in memory of his sister, Diane Barton. Hurry to sign up for sessions, though, because they’re only available tomorrow, September 22.
The training sessions normally go for $110, and they’re also offering a discounted enrollment fee of $100 for anyone who joins this month (proceeds from new September memberships will also benefit ovarian cancer research). More
No Pap Smears for Women Under 21: New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that pap smears only reveal HPV at that age, which very rarely leads to cancer in women under 21. (via MSNBC)
Drug Extends Survival in Ovarian Cancer Patients: Avastin, which has been used for lung, colon, and breast tumors, extends progression-free survival in ovarian cancer patients by 39%. (via The Chicago Tribune)