GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011 - (Page 46)

Talking can save your life Getting the word out about gynecologic cancers BY DEBBY DONOVAN W e have to talk about this! We can’t afford to feel uncomfortable or squeamish any longer. Cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers. We need to get over any sensitivity about discussing them because it’s the one way we can immediately help ourselves and bring about positive change. Gynecologic cancers are attacking women of all ages, and the best defense we have now is awareness. You can save your own life and the lives of your daughters and granddaughters by becoming an advocate for your own good health and by starting dialogs with all the women you love. Up to now, discussing gynecologic issues has been relegated to a rather limited inner circle of our doctors and our trusted gal pals. The problem with being discreet, however, is that accurate information about gynecologic cancers hasn’t saturated the population sufficiently to improve survival rates. Think of it this way: A decade or so ago we didn’t see NFL football players wearing pink socks during the month of October, or bumper stickers professing Save the Ta-Ta’s, or 46 GRAND JAN FEB 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011

Grand - Jan/Feb 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Fabulous After 50
A Midlife Faith
Grand Products
Cover Story
Grands With a Mission
Your Grandkids' Health
Dr. Marion
Health on Hold
Boomers and Boomerang Kids
Grandparent Rights
Kinship Care
Grand Families
Talking Can Save Your Life
Grand Finale

GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011