September is National Ovarian Cancer Month

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to educating women on the eighth most common cancer among women in the United States and the fifth leading cause of cancer death.

As part of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, this  past Friday, September 2, 2011, was National Teal Day – which encourages women to wear teal to increase awareness about the disease.

“Wearing teal clothes, hats, jewelry or even nail polish can spark a conversation about ovarian cancer,” Ronni Arno Blaisdell, Director of Communications and Public Outreach for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition‘s (NOCC), told Genconnect. (where this information was sourced from)

The NOCC urges everyone to T.E.A.L:  Take Early Action & Live!”

The NOCC is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer, a disease that claims 15,000 lives annually in the U.S. In honor of awareness month, they have partnered with the “Dr . Oz  Show” to present the “Dr. Oz Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” campaign, which works to assess ovarian cancer risk factors and offer screenings to women who show increased risk.

“We stress awareness because ovarian cancer cases diagnosed in earlier stages show survival rates of up to ninety percent while cases diagnosed in late stages show a thirty percent survival rate,” Blaisdell says. “That’s a big difference.”

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the “silent killer” because ovarian cancer symptoms are few and often mimic those of many other illnesses. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urgent or frequent urinary symptoms. There also may be no symptoms present in the early stages.

Authentic Beauty is honored to be a part of two events to help support the Atlanta Community in their fight to bring awareness about Ovarian Cancer, raise money for research and empower the Survivors.

On Thursday September 8th, Tootsies Atlanta, as part of Fashion’s Night Out (the country’s biggest night of fashion as Fashion Week is happening in NYC) presents TEAL TO HEAL. A fashion show which will feature this season’s most fabulous styles as modeled by some of Atlanta’s top models as well as Ovarian Cancer Survivors.

If you didn’t know Authentic Beauty has had a counter in Tootsies for several months  now and we are excited to partner with them for such an important cause.

Please join us this Thursday night at Tootsies.  Click this link to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Click to Register

And on Saturday September 10th, Alyson Hoag, founder and CEO of Authentic Beauty is proud to be the featured inspirational speaker at SEGO’s (South Eastern Gynecological Oncology) annual Survivor’s Day.

Each year SEGO hosts “Cancer Survivor’s Day”. This annual event celebrates the lives of all patients in treatment and those living beyond their treatment for gynecologic cancers.

This year SEGO celebrates “You are Beautiful Because”.

SEGO We Care Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing support and educational programs infusing empowerment and encouragement to the gynecologic cancer patient and their caregivers.

The mission of the SEGO – We Care Foundation is to provide support programs addressing all aspects of the gynecologic cancer patient including empowering women and their caregivers with knowledge and support on the journey through and beyond treatment for gynecologic cancer as well as educate the medical community of comprehensive and leading-state-of-the-art information regarding screening, surgical procedures and treatment of gynecologic cancers.

The SEGO – We Care Foundation serves the patient population of Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology. SEGO is one of the largest and most complete treatment facilities for gynecologic oncology.

Alyson was asked to speak at the Valentines Day Hug Yourself Event.  The event was inspirational for all who attended. Alyson is looking forward to spreading the message of Authentic Beauty to this community.

From SEGO's "Hug Yourself" Valentine's Day Event

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