O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Valerie on September 15, 2009 · 5 comments

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Ovarian cancer is often referred to as a silent killer, because its symptoms are often vague and subtle.  Therefore, I feel it is important to raise awareness about this and support people like Michelle of Bleeding Espresso and Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy who highlight this month.  As I mentioned yesterday, Michelle and Sara are sponsoring an O Foods Contest.  Please see below for the details.  And please come visit here tomorrow as I will be sharing one of my favorite tomatO sauce recipes for What’s Cooking Wednesday and to participate in the O Foods Contest.


O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.
There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:
ONE: 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); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.
PRIZES for recipe posts:
  • 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;
TWO: 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 and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.
Awareness posts PRIZE:
  • One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.
  • 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 symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
  • 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%.

And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer.

Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

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1 Lola September 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I think this is a fabulous initiative, I will definitely post a O food recipe and participate in Michelle and Sara's event.

W le donne!

Lola xx


2 Ivy September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Great post for a great cause. I shall try and participate.


3 Lavanya September 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

This is a great way to spread awareness..I've been thinking of O Food recipes too- would love to participate.


4 Jen of A2eatwrite September 17, 2009 at 12:48 am

Yay! Another O Foods announcement post!


5 Globetrotting Cacti September 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for raising the awareness of ovarian cancer. It is a silent killer and needs to be discussed.


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