Wednesday 10 October 2012

10 on the tenth: in honour of Marti xxxxxx

Today I had a completely different post planned, however news came in yesterday of the sad passing of the wonderful Marti. If you remember I told you a while ago about Team Teal and my wristband. So today I am doing my bit to raise awareness of ovarian cancer which is the disease Marti had with ten important facts and things to do. I hope Deb and her family, but especially Marti would approve.

Deb and Marti

1. Ovarian cancer occurs in 1 in 71 American women and in the UK it is the 5th most common form of cancer diagnosed. Ovarian cancer is a growth of abnormal malignant cells that begins in the ovaries (women’s reproductive glands that produce ova).

2. The most common age group affected are women over the age of 50 years.

3. Common symptoms include the following but in the early stages symptoms are rare:
  • loss of appetite
  • indigestion, nausea, excessive gas (wind) and a bloated, full feeling
  • unexplained weight gain or an increased waist size
  • swelling in the abdomen
  • pain in the lower abdomen
  • changes in bowel or bladder habits, such as constipation, diarrhoea or needing to pass urine more often
  • lower back pain
  • pain during sex
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding, although this is rare.

4. Ovarian cancer is very treatable when caught early; the vast majority of cases are not diagnosed until too late. When ovarian cancer is caught before it has spread outside the ovaries, 92% will survive 5 years.

 5. Risk factors include:
  • Family history: If you have two or more relatives from the same side of your family (ie from either your mother's OR father's side), affected by ovarian, or ovarian and breast cancer, your risk may be increased. For full details see below.
  • Age: The majority of cases occur in women over the age of 40. However some types of ovarian cancer do appear in women from the age of 20 onwards.
  • Childbirth: There is a slightly increased risk to women who have not had children, or breastfed.
  • Weight: Being overweight may also increase risk.
  • Ethnicity: Women who are descended from Ashkenazi Jewish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Dutch, Pakistani and Polish populations have been shown to have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Research has shown that these women have a higher incidence of carrying a faulty gene, responsible for inherited risk of developing ovarian cancer.

6. Researchers examined the records of 20,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. They found that 69 per cent of British women survived for at least one year, compared with 72 per cent in Denmark, and between 74 and 75 per cent in Australia, Canada and Norway. A similar proportion of women are diagnosed with the disease in all five countries. This research was undertaken by Cancer Research UK and reported upon on October 3rd in The Daily Telegraph.

7. Watch an educational fun video:

8. Do something positive......................tell a friend, have a cake sale or coffee morning, join a fun day or walk, do anything you think might help to raise awareness.

9. Please remember Deb and her family in your thoughts and if you pray then your prayers. They will appreciate it I know.

10. Join me at a later date when I am planning a special something.

 I hope this has been an informative post and not too depressing. I find it helps me to do something pro-active. I was only thinking about my lovely blogfriends today. It still amazes me that we can be so close despite the differing countries we live in and to share so much without having ever met. It is a blessing indeed to have met so many wonderful people but also to know people I have never met but love.


  1. I think we all feel as if we 'knew' Marti in some small way and shared the same feelings of sadness on hearing of her passing. Your 10 facts are perfect for today and hopefully the more awareness we can raise about this dreadful disease will save some other family going through the pain that Deb is feeling at the moment.

  2. well done Jo great post, during an awful time, glad that you managed something so positive xxx

  3. This is perfect for today,Jo....and so important for women to know all the facts.

  4. Such a lovely tribute to Marti, Jo. Good for you xx

  5. Jo, this post is so appropriate and a lovely tribute to Marti.

  6. What an excellent way to draw attention to a cause we are all feeling is now close to our heart. And coming from some one all mediacl - this really hits home. Perfectly done!

  7. Thank you for drawing our attention to such a cause Jo. Praying for Deb and her family at this difficult time. xxx

  8. a lovely tribute Jo and perfect for todays 10 on 10 x

  9. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman and family!

  10. This was a good idea not only for your friend but for all of us reading. My grandmother died very young from this disease and it was very good for me to read the symptoms. Thank you!

  11. Thank you for the information - a perfect 10 on the 10th

  12. What a fantastic way to pay tribute to Marti.

  13. Thank you for this information!

  14. It scares me so much when I read things like this, as I know it can happen to anyone. But I also know it's good to read the facts so that there's more awareness of the symptoms. Thanks for sharing. x

  15. SO sorry to read of your friends passing but thank you for sharing the 10 pieces of facts of information. I feel better informed now :)


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