Friday, May 10, 2013

Positively Teal - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign

Do you know that Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common cancer, and is also one of the deadliest Gynecological cancer among Singapore women today?

1 in 80 women faces ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

Every woman needs to educate ourselves by learning about the signs and symptoms.

So today I will be sharing with you about what I had learnt at Positively Teal

Positively Teal is a Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign to:
- encourage everyone to spread the awareness of Ovarian Cancer to friends and family members; 
- help women be more aware of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and
- to take positive steps to consult a doctor immediately should they experience any symptoms. 

Early detection can increase the chances of survival and improve the quality of life.

Let Dr. Timothy Lim, Deputy Head and Senior Consultant of Pre-Invasive Disease & Screening Unit, Department of Gynaecological Oncology from KK Women's and Children's Hospital, to share with us about Ovarian Cancer.

What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor in one or both ovaries. 

Who are at risk?
- Women with few pregnancies or who have never been pregnant (more ovulation cycle)
- Family history of the disease
- High fatty diet
- Early menarche and late menopause (more ovulation cycle)

What are the symptoms?
- Bloated feeling in the abdomen 
- Change in bowel habits 
- Indigestion 
- Symptoms related to the kidney or bladder 
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding 
- Pain in the abdomen 
- Enlarged abdomen from the tumour
- Loss of weight 
- Backache or pain in the legs 
- Urinary complaints

These symptoms may not be very specific. Ovarian Cancer is usually being detected only in the 3rd or 4th stage, it might be a little too late to seek for help. So if we are feeling unwell, always remember to consult a doctor early.

Executive Pastry Chef of Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie, Christophe Grilo also showed his support to the campaign. He will be conducting macaroon workshop in the upcoming June.

Teal coloured macaroon to match with the theme.
The macaroon tasted really good with the chocolate filling in it.

Time for a group conversation with:

Dr. Timothy Lim, Deputy Head and Senior Consultant of Pre-Invasive Disease & Screening Unit, from KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Ms. Pauline Yu, Ovarian Cancer Survivor.

Ms. Diana Ser, Spokeperson & Media Personality.

Ms. Desiree Lai, Former Radio Personality.

Pauline had shared with us her story on Ovarian Cancer and how she overcome it with her positive attitude.

She is recovering well from her operation and chemotherapy. I admired her positive attitude.

Learn to recognize early warning signs and go for regular checkups and screenings.

Together with you and I, we could spread the awareness and make a difference in our lives.

Chocolate and Roasted Pistachio Macarons. 

Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie is selling the teal macarons are $3 each.
Proceeds will go to Singapore Cancer Society.

Thanks Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie for the canapes.  

The chicken wrap is delectable.

The chocolate cake that taste exactly like ferrero rocher with the crunchy wafer and delicious hazelnut.

I had a great catch up with Claressa and GF.

Show your support to Positively Teal.

Participate in  Positively Teal events and help raise awareness against ovarian cancer!

28 May (Tue)Mini CarnivalKKHTime: 10 am - 3 pm
Venue: KKH, Level 1, Women's Tower Podium
31 May (Fri)Teal Day Mini CarnivalNUH, NCISTime: 11am - 2pm
Venue: NUH Main Building Lobby B
2 Jun (Sun)Public ForumKKHTime: 11.00am - 12.30pm (Registration starts at 10.30am)
Venue: KKH Auditorium (Training Centre), Level 1, Women's Tower
8 Jun (Sat)Combined Public ForumSCS, KKH, NUH, NCIS, NCC, SGHEnglish Session : 10am – 1pm
Mandarin Session: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Polytechnic Convention Hall (Near Dover MRT, East-West line)Click here for more information and to register.
8 & 9 Jun (Sat/Sun)Macaron WorkshopNUH, NCISMorning Session: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Afternoon Session: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: ToTT Store, Studio 2, 896 Dunearn Road 01-01A, S(589472)

See you girls there. 

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