I had a weird light bulb moment this morning reading the paper ....
It sounds ridiculous but after reading the great article in the Sunday Mail in the Body+Soul liftout about Ovarian Cancer ... I realized what a rather big bullet I dodged .....
Why this didnt click to me sooner - I dont know ....
What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is the growth of malignant cells in one or both
ovaries, and is often accompanied by the spread of malignant cells to
surrounding organs in the abdominal cavity. Whilst a small number of
cases appear to have an underlying genetic component, in most instances
the causes of ovarian cancer are unknown. DIAGNOSIS How is ovarian cancer diagnosed? There is no
screening test available for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is usually
detected by a combination of several tests and examinations. The final
diagnosis always requires the pathological analysis of a tissue sample. Physical examination: A general check up, including an internal pelvic examination. Blood tests: A full blood count may be done and a
measure of the blood protein CA 125, which is often raised in women with
ovarian cancer. Other special 'tumour markers' may also be tested for,
but some tumours will not have elevations of these markers and the type
of marker depends on the type of tumour. Imaging tests: A chest and/or abdominal x-rays and
an ultrasound scan of the pelvis are usually done. Ultrasound scanning
cannot give a definite diagnosis though. A CT scan may see if the cancer
has spread to other parts of the body, but this cannot definitely
diagnose ovarian cancer either. Biopsy: This is sometimes done during the operation.
A sample of tissue is sent to the laboratory to be looked at under the
microscope to confirm or exclude the diagnosis.
WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS?
Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer
Every year approximately 1,200 Australian women are diagnosed with
ovarian cancer, most of them with an advanced stage of the disease
On average 3 Australian women are diagnosed every day
One in 90 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
Six out of 10 ovarian cancer cases occur in women over the age of 60
The average age of women at diagnosis is 63 years
The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age
An estimated 1,488 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015
Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in Australian women
Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of death from a gynaecological cancer
Every woman with ovarian cancer is treated as an individual case,
depending on the stage of the disease and other personal factors. It is
therefore very difficult to give a general prognosis. If the cancer is
diagnosed and treated early, between 80-100% of patients will survive
for more than five years. But only approximately 30% of women diagnosed
at advanced stages will survive for more than five years. See 'How is
Ovarian Cancer Treated?' for further information about survival rates.
The five year survival rate for Australian women with ovarian cancer is only about 40%
In comparison, the five year survival rate for breast cancer is about 88%
Get into Witchery and buy a white shirt ... today ...
I have scrapped up a storm this week and again, loved playing with my March Cupcake Kit.
photo was a particularly hard one to scrap as it was the day my mum cut
off all my hair before the chemotherapy make it fall out.
from having hair half way down my back to up to my ears in a flash -
but I did try to embrace it and tried to not let it get to me ... the
next to come was the clippers .... I'm yet to scrap those photos.
But ... as we all do these days ... I went to social media for some moral support.... some reassurance ...
I posted this photo on Instagram and by the end of the day, the kind words and Insta-Love had lifted me higher .... Where would we be without Social Media!
LOVED playing with this kit - has so many options ...
This first one is nice and simple ... I used the gorg papers and also a couple of die cuts from the Basic Grey pack.
I added in some vellum from my stash and some super messy machine stitching!
The Daily Flash Alpha sheet was perfectly colour coordinated!
This next page is another one that is relativity
simple in design but I used the Basic Grey Die Cuts to create some
pretty major interest! The papers, wood stars and sequins are straight
from the Main kit.
I love the combination of acetate and cardstock in the pack - so easy to work with
I used Cherry Flair from two different sets for this page