Denim and Diamonds of New Berlin, Wisconsin came into being in 2011, when a group of local entrepreneurial women friends got together. Through their conversations, they found that they had each been affected by ovarian cancer, either directly or through a loved one. It was time to do something about it.
They joined hands with Prospect Lions Club and local New Berlin businesses to create an annual fundraiser for the fight against ovarian cancer, from which all proceeds go to benefit the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
The event celebrates life, New Berlin community members, and those who have struggled against or are battling ovarian cancer. We work to build awareness and educate about the disease as well as provide support to ovarian cancer patients and their families.
IT HELPS TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE FACING WHEN IT COMES TO OVARIAN CANCER.
FACT: About 1 in 71 women will develop ovarian cancer. 1 out of 95 will die from it.
FACT: The American Cancer Society currently estimates that 23,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually. Approximately 5,800 of these women (a fourth) will have been diagnosed at critical–that is to say–a life-saving stage.
FACT: 14,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year.
FACT: Carcinoma of the ovary is one of the most common gynecologic malignancies. It is often curable when found early, but because there are few to no symptoms, it is generally not detected until it has become widespread, and then it is usually too late.
FACT: Ovarian cancer is the fourth most frequent cause of death in women in the United States.
FACT: Despite an increase in the resources available for the study of ovarian cancer, its early detection remains to be a problem.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
While early detection of ovarian cancer is still a challenge, it is possible to detect. The more awareness that is created around this disease, the higher the likelihood of its early detection.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
BE AWARE of the signs. Frequent bloating. Fatigue. Pelvic or abdominal pain. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly. Women with ovarian cancer report that these symptoms are persistent, and represent a change from how they normally feel.
KNOW your family history. Women who have a history of cancer in their families should receive regular, annual checkups.
HELP. Make a donation to our cause. Learn as much as possible. Spread the word.
IF YOU FEEL THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG, GET A SECOND OPINION. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.