An Internet Walk Against Ovarian Cancer – a friend sent me this email message as it resonated with her. It has touched me too. The request is to forward the following message to friends, keep the woman walking and info flowing:
“Please do not interrupt her trip.
She must reach every woman with this message about Ovarian Cancer.
She is walking for Ovarian Cancer.
Pass her on so that she can reach her destination.
Say a prayer for all those who are affected by this terrible disease.
She’s walking around the world – via e-mail!!
Pass it on so she can reach every woman in the world!
Please hit your forward button, so this woman stays animated.
Ovarian Cancer Whispers – so listen carefully …
Watch for –
Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort;
vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and
frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection;
unexplained weight gain or weight loss;
pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness;
ongoing unusual fatigue;
unexplained changes in bowel habits.
If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, ask your doctor for a
combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and trans-vaginal
A pap test WILL NOT detect ovarian cancer.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS AND KEEP EDUCATING THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE!!”
This is the link to the Ovarian Cancer website.
The Cancer Council is asking people to get behind bowel screening.
Treasury is in final budget deliberations. The Cancer Council says we should ‘end the delay’, email our MPs and lobby for an expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Ten Australians die of bowel cancer every day -70 every week.
Bowel cancer is our country’s second biggest cancer killer.
Up to a third of those deaths might be prevented if the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program was available to the recommended target group – everyone aged 50 and over, every two years.
This test is only available to people turning 50, 55 and 65 as a one-off test.
It has been 13 years since the Government’s own expert medical body recommended all Australians aged 50 and over be screened for bowel cancer every two years and seven years since both sides of politics committed to phase in the screening program.
Since the campaign was launched in 2009, over 22,000 Australians have emailed their Federal Member of Parliament asking the Government to implement a fully funded National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Here is an email message proforma for MPs.