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Plan ahead for two important anti-cancer events
Apr 07, 2015


Council 75 Women's Committee Chair


Dear AFSCME Brothers & Sisters,


I'd love it if you'd join me and the Oregon AFSCME Women's Committee at the 11th annual SHOC Walk / Run & the 22nd Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. That's me with Oregon AFSCME Staff Representative and Women's Committee liaison Kate Baker at last year's SHOC event pictured to the right.


Please follow the links below to sign up or find out more information about the walk / run and the walk. This will be the 10th year that Oregon AFSCME Women's Committee has engaged in two annual walks, in particular in memory of our union sister and former Council 75 Political Coordinator Cornelia Murphy, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2006. We want to make a push right now to make people aware and plan on being there for the 2015 events.


1) August 1, 2015 in Gladstone, at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson, 870 E. Berkeley St.


Here is the link:




  • 1 in 72 women in the USA have ovarian cancer


  • 22,000-plus new cases are diagnosed each year


  • 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the USA


  • 14,000-plus women lose their lives each year


  • No. 1 cause of ovarian cancer death is late detection


  • A PAP smear is NOT a test for ovarian cancer — it detects cervical cancer




Check with your doctor if any of these persist for an extended period of time:


  • Abdominal pressure, bloating, swelling, or discomfort


  • Nausea, loss of appetite


  • Unusual fatigue


  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding


  • Unexplained weight gain or loss


  • Urinary frequency, constipation or diarrhea


2) October 10, 2015 in Portland at The Fields Park - North Pearl, 1099 NW Overton St. For this walk our team name is:


Oregon AFSCME Council 75 Women's Committee


Here is the link:


The American Cancer Society is the leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer. We're investing more in groundbreaking breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease. We're in every community providing free, comprehensive information and support to people touched by breast cancer, when and where they need it.


We're helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.


The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.


When breast cancer is found early, it can be easier to treat. If you are 40 or older, get a mammogram and breast exam every year and report any breast changes to your doctor right away. Sign up for our breast cancer screening reminder and we'll remind you to

receive your screening; recommended screenings are based on our latest early detection guidelines.


You can help reduce your breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, being physically active on a regular basis (the ACS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week) and limiting alcohol intake to less than 1 drink each day for women (2 drinks for men).


For more information about breast cancer, how to find it early, and how to help finish the fight against the disease, visit our breast cancer information and resources or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.


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