To raise money for, and awareness of, ovarian cancer

Overview:

Libby's H*O*P*E* is dedicated to my 26 yr. old cousin, Elizabeth "Libby" Remick, who died from ovarian cancer in July 2008. Our cause mission is to educate ovarian cancer survivors and their families, as well as the general public, about ovarian cancer under the priniciple that "information is power." The key to a significant reduction in deaths from ovarian cancer is early detection. Early detection is best achieved by having women listen to their bodies for the subtle, yet persistent, early warning signs & symptoms of the disease as described below. Together, we can raise money for a reliable early detection test, and ultimately a cure, for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Facts:

--Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

--In 2012, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be approximately 22,280 new ovarian cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. ACS estimates that 15,550 U.S. women will die from the disease, or about 43 women per day. The loss of life is equivalent to 28 Boeing 747 jumbo jet crashes with no survivors every year.

--Ovarian cancer is not a “silent” disease; it is a “subtle” disease. Recent studies indicate that some women may experience persistent, nonspecific symptoms, such as (i) bloating, (ii) pelvic or abdominal pain, (iii) difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, or (iv) urinary urgency or frequency. Women who experience such symptoms daily for more than a few weeks should seek prompt medical evaluation.

--Ovarian cancer can afflict adolescent, young adult, and mature women.

--Pregnancy and the long-term use of oral contraceptives reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

--Women who have had breast cancer, or who have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer may have increased risk. Inherited mutations in BRCA1/BRCA2 genes increase risk. Women of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are at higher risk for BRCA gene mutations.

--There is no reliable screening test for the detection of early stage ovarian cancer. Pelvic examination only occasionally detects ovarian cancer, generally when the disease is advanced. A Pap smear cannot detect ovarian cancer. However, the combination of a thorough pelvic exam, transvaginal ultrasound, and a blood test for the tumor marker CA125 may be offered to women who are at high risk of ovarian cancer and to women who have persistent, unexplained symptoms like those listed above.

--If diagnosed at the localized stage, the 5-year ovarian cancer survival rate is 92%; however, only about 19% of all cases are detected at this stage, usually fortuitously during another medical procedure.

--The 10-year relative survival rate for all disease stages combined is only 38%.

Please help us spread the word about the early warning signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise money for ovarian cancer research. The life you save may be your own or that of a loved one.

Paul Cacciatore
Founder & Cause Creator, Libby's H*O*P*E*
http://healthinfoispower.wordpress.com

1. To educate ovarian cancer survivors & their families about the disease under the principle that "information is power."

2. To spread the word about the early warning signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer

3. To raise money for ovarian cancer research

4. To learn more go to Libby's H*O*P*E* (http://healthinfoispower.wordpress.com)

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