Thursday, 18 September 2008

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.....

My blogger friends Ilva of Lucillian Delights and Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, have both done posts on this matter, as someone they both know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Lets hope that their friend makes a speedy recovery. Get Well soon Gina.

This is something we need to be very aware of, so we need to give as much support as we possible can.

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via

and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:

1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;


2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.


3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you've made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.

We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.


* 1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
* 1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.


From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

* Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
* The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
* The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
* In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
* When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
and help spread the word!


  1. Hi Anne,

    Thanks for posting this... I'm really sensitive to cancer topics so it's good to get the word out.. Thanks!

  2. Hi Anne - Thanks so much for helping us spread the word! :)

  3. Oops, the only problem is no one has any of the URLs (for donating, or finding the round-ups) if you could insert them!

  4. Hi Anne,

    Please feel free to post a link to your blog post on the Firstgiving blog. We've highlighted Ovarian Cancer Awareness for the month of September at:

  5. Thanks so much Anne for getting the word out! You have a beautiful blog by the way! :)

  6. A worthy cause. You might remember (or not) that my younger daughter had an ovarian cancer scare last Christmas. Thankfully, it was benign - but so frightening!

  7. I imagine you have read the book - No Time to Die by Liz Tilberis - critical CA125 test for all those who think they might be susceptible to ov c

  8. What a great post! One of my co-workers was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and she has had a tough battle. There are no early warning symptoms, so it's difficult to diagnose.

    I like your blog. I have added you as a link to mine.

    BTW, I love the picture on your masthead.

  9. hello! good post! September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the USA - but in the UK, March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Right now.

    Personally I am going to do both, as I had ovarian cancer last year and think every DAY should be OC Awareness day ;o)

    Thanks for putting that in your blog. Every little helps...


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