Monday, June 25, 2007

About Ovarian Cancer:

Ovarian Cancer is a non-discriminatory disease; as it cuts across social and racial strata with devastating ease, killing hundreds of thousands across the world every year. All females are at risk. Every seven minutes a woman is diagnosed with Gynecologic cancer.

Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest of all Gynecologic Cancers. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. According to the American Cancer Society; it will claim the lives of more than 16,000 women in America this year alone. Over 25,000 women will be newly diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2006.

Because there is no test for the early detection of ovarian cancer, most of the ovarian cancer cases (75% to 80%) are diagnosed in the later advanced stages greatly limiting life expectancy.

Early detection increases the survival rate of early stage disease, though only 19% of all ovarian cancers are found in the early stage. The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better a woman's chance for survival.

What you need to know may save your life or the life of a loved one.

A pap test does not detect ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer can be treated if detected early.

Ovarian cancer may be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are easily confused with other diseases, often mimicking less fatal illnesses.

Symptoms do exist and can be extremely vague, yet increase over time.

Potential signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer:

Pelvic or abdominal pressure, pain or discomfort
Vague, yet persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion.
Unexplained changes in bowel habits, constipation or diarrhea
Ongoing unusual fatigue
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Frequency of urination and/or urgency of urination
Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating or feeling of fullness, even after a small meal.
Frequent & continuous back pain
Leg pain, persistent sciatica
Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Shortness of breath
Painful intercourse

Listen to your body! Do not ignore symptoms!

Potential Risk Factors:

Genetic predisposition- Presence of BRCA1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations
Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
Increasing age; with highest occurrence in women over 50, however;
Females of ALL ages are at risk.
Uninterrupted ovulation (having no pregnancies; infertility, low parity)

Speak with your Gynecologist have an annual recto vaginal pelvic exam.

Until there is a test, word of mouth is best.


a beacon of hope for those affected by Ovarian Cancer & Gynecologic Cancers

About Us:

LI OCEANS is an acronym for Long Island Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support. Our group is comprised of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor.

In 2004, several women personally affected by Ovarian Cancer met, exchanged ideas, shared stories, identified the need for change, merged ultimate values and priorities and then made a decision that would transform lives.

They didn't know where they would find the time, the energy, nor the money to create an organization for women with Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, but they forged ahead nevertheless, with hope as their guiding light. They knew that without their understanding, passion and strength that other women with ovarian cancer would continue to suffer in isolation.

LI OCEANS recognized the urgent need for awareness; advocacy and action-they aspired to be the voice for Ovarian Cancer and save the precious lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends & neighbors!

Our goal is to create awareness among women the medical community and the greater population regarding early warning signs and symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection.

Our purpose is to provide support, resources, networking, and education for those women diagnosed with ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We support the advancement of research for early detection and cure of ovarian cancer.

Our mission is to educate, advocates with the ultimate hope to eradicate this deadly disease!

LI OCEANS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved by the IRS. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to continue our battle against ovarian cancer, to raise awareness in the community and to provide education and support to ovarian cancer victims and their families through a network of survivors.

How Can I Help? We are always in need of volunteers!

We need people just like you! Please Help Get the Word Out!

We need you! Tell someone you love about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to watch. When you care, keeping quiet is not an option. Until there’s a test, word of mouth is best.

Together we can save lives.

Volunteer your time and talents to get the word out.

LI OCEANS INC greatly appreciates the support from our friends who host fundraising events on the LI OCEANS behalf.

If you would like to host an event to benefit the LI OCEANS here are a few ideas:

Rubber Duck Race
House party/ tea party or picnic
Walking/Running Event
Night At The Races
Hiking or Biking Event
Health and wellness day at your local workout club
Game night - Trivia night- Poker Party-Name that tune
Karaoke Yard Sale- Plant Sale- Bake Sale
Wine Tasting -wine and cheese evening
Fashion show
Murder Mystery-50’s,60’s,70’s Dance
Host A Teal Awareness Day
Golf tournament -tennis tournament

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.