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World ovarian cancer awareness day: beautiful strength

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The power of doing an amazingly beautiful act of kindness binds humanity, placing those in need with those who care. On World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, May 8th, the world of beauty joins in the fight against this aggressive killer. Laura Mercier, the world renowned cosmetics powerhouse, passionately gives back through the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Her charitable organization's Speak Out For Hope webpage is www.lauramercierocf.org. Using the very impacting color of teal on the lips encourages open dialogue and to not allow the women affected by this to live in silence. Today, this disease takes its place in the spotlight and, too, do the victims and survivors.

Ovarian cancer statistics are sobering indeed and provide a closer look into this women's health issue. The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund's homepage references data provided by Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center lists these current facts about this disease:

OVARIAN CANCER - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers in the United States.*
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.*
Know your family history. Up to 15% of all ovarian cancer is hereditary and there are things you can do to reduce risk for yourself and your family.*
The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012; 15,500 women will die of the disease.
Most women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer already have advanced disease.*

Unfortunately these statistics prove that this is a silent and deadly cancer. More women will not realize they are in peril until it is too late to adequately treat to save their lives.

What Can Everyone Do To Empower Change

  1. Donate: The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund's Speak Out For Hope initiative does accept donations online.
  2. Shop for cosmetics: Laura Mercier offers several products for the cause. 100% of the proceeds will return to the OCF.
  3. Encourage dialogue online on social media. Follow @LauraMercier on Twitter and Instagram. Use #LMOCF, #SpeakOutForHope. Visit the Stories of Hope Gallery on Laura Mercier's Facebook page.
  4. Educate yourself about the disease: Visit www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/adult/ovarian for facts and symptoms.
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