O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Valerie on September 18, 2008 · 3 comments

I know I just finished submitting two recipes to two different blog events, but as soon as I read about this blog/food event, I wanted to let you all know about it. I will submit my O food recipe in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here is information on Ovarian Awareness Month, and the O Foods contest.

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 FirstGiving.org)

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!

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1 bethp September 19, 2008 at 1:32 pm

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:



2 Pink Heels September 21, 2008 at 2:09 am

Ovarian Cancer is the new poster child of cancers linked primarily to women. It is important that we understand its severity and find ways to support ongoing research.

The next time we visit our ob/gyn or nurse-midwife, ask them to do a simple blood test to check if there is any ovarian cancer cells present. Since early detection is key to survival, it is important to be proactive about its detection; especially since there are no symptoms in the early phase.


3 City Girl September 22, 2008 at 12:15 am

Bethp — just visited your blog, what a great concept.

Jenn of Pink Heels — so so true.


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