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Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Critical to Survival

Posted by PCF Admin on September 19th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Early Detection - Eighteen months ago I had a normal pelvic exam. Twelve months later I thought I had stomach flu. I went to my family doctor who thought I had appendicitis. He sent me to the emergency room for a CAT scan. The CAT scan showed a healthy appendix but a large mass on my right ovary. Two days later I had my ovaries, uterus, omentum, and pelvic lymph nodes removed. The diagnosis was ovarian cancer, stage 3. I have always been healthy. At the ripe old age of 57 I had never spent a night in a hospital and never had an abnormal pelvic exam. I did suffer from fatigue and constipation, and the related bloating, but what woman my age doesn’t suffer from these things? Ovarian cancer is a stealth killer. Its symptoms are similar in type and scope to other less serious conditions. These symptoms include abdominal swelling or bloating, pelvic pressure or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and/or having to urinate urgently or often. If you have any of these symptoms and they persist for a few weeks—see your gynocologist. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. What saved me was knowing what was normal for ...

Eat Right for Life: Cookbook Companion Celebrates Family Healthy Eating

Posted by Ann G. Kulze, M.D. on September 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - It’s September, and you know what that means – adjusting to new schedules, picking up kids from soccer practice, and helping with homework.  Getting the family together for dinner can be a challenge during back-to-school time, but preparing and eating meals together is one of the most powerful avenues available to improve our collective health and well-being. Due to recent studies that show that family meals improve the health and well-being of parents and their ...

Prostate Cancer Education and Screening in Upstate South Carolina

Posted by Johnny Payne, President, Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance on | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Thanks to a community grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance (UPCA) is able to continue our outreach initiative of prostate cancer education and awareness to the underserved communities of Upstate South Carolina. As a partner to the Greenville SC Chapter of the Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, UPCA provides men and their families the tools and other information required to make informed decisions related to prostate cancer screening ...

5 Reasons I Love the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K & Why YOU should too!

Posted by Jamie Cooper, Senior Associate, Individual Giving on September 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Events - It has truly been a great pleasure to hear from so many of you that tell me that you have heard the cancer prevention message loud and clear. We are very grateful that you are participating in the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K. There has been some amazing enthusiasm from Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K teams, volunteers and supporters who are taking steps to save lives. As with the battle with cancer itself, the fight still continues ...