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women's health

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Petition to John Burlow (Nationa Institues of Health), Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kristen Long, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Up to 20% or 2 in 10 women and girls worldwide have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex hormonal disorder for which there is no cure. While the name may be deceiving, PCOS is not a gynecological issues it is an endocrine disorder affeting many systems in the body. If left untreated PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. For many diagnosed with PCOS, Awareness and education have played a key role in helping them learn to live and deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and ultimately live a healthier life. That is why PCOS Awareness has to happen now to ensure women and girls do not have to go through another day, month or year of silent suffering and to ensure they are educated on how to live a healthier life with this syndrome. What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome can vary from person to person. Some of the classic symptoms are drastic weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, panic attacks, headaches, dizzy spells, poor memory or muddled mind, sleeping disorders, constant thirst, extreme cravings, insulin resistance, cystic acne, cystic ovaries, menstrual cycles without ovulation, irregular cycles, severe mood swings, high testosterone levels, infertility problems, excess facial and body hair, not to mention a seven times greater risk than an average woman for four major health concerns affecting women in the United States today including heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer and stroke. Because PCOS can cause so many physical and emotional complications, it is important for early detection, treatment and support. Chrisy Wise of Georgia agrees, "I started showing signs at a very young age and went undiagnosed for many years. As a young girl, it was very hard when doctor after doctor kept telling me nothing was wrong. Now, I know all the symptoms together equal pcos." This petition is not only raising awareness and gaining support, it is giving women, their families and supporters of PCOS awareness a voice, a strong voice that will hopefully inspire and invoke change for better health, treatment and support of this syndrome.

Ashley Levinson
13,262 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Northern Arizona University, ASNAU , Melissa Griffin, Lauren L'Ecuyer

Provide Free Menstrual Products on NAU's Flagstaff Campus

 The lack of adequate access to menstrual products is an issue that impacts women throughout the world, and it is a serious issue. The push for schools to provide free access to menstrual supplies extends past the collegiate level. Currently, all public schools in New York state have free menstrual products, both in middle and high schools, as required by law. One of the major reasons why it is important for schools to provide menstrual supplies is because, for many, periods can come unexpectedly. In one survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 79% of women over the age of 18 have started their period without access to the necessary supplies, and it is more likely that those in middle and high school are going to be lacking access to supplies if their period arrives unexpectedly.  The other reason that schools should provide pads and tampons for students is economic. Periods are expensive, with a single box of pads or tampons in the United States costing anywhere from $7 to $10. For lower income families, the costs of purchasing supplies every month can be more than they can afford. Access to free supplies would help to alleviate some of the economic strain having a period provides.  Lack of access to menstrual supplies can have an impact on education. Without access to supplies, students often miss class or do not participate as vigorously for fear of leakage and embarrassment. Fear of period leakage prevents students from being able to focus in class and that can overall impact educational outcomes. Without shame and fear, students have more opportunity to be successful in school, which is always a plus. Educational opportunities are being impacted all because people cannot afford the supplies that they need while on their period. If schools were to provide free access to menstrual supplies, it would be a huge step forward in achieving menstrual equality.   Source: https://spoonuniversity.com/healthier/why-schools-should-provide-free-menstruation-products

Sara LaRosa
12 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

Help us make October 3rd Inflammatory Breast Cancer Day

MAKE OCTOBER 3rd - IBC DAY (A NATIONAL INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER DAY) Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Inc., a California501(c)3 Non-Profit, is joined by: -Patti Bradfield, Co-founder of the EraseIBC Foundation-Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli M.D. Associate Director for Precision Medicine and Translational Research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Director of Northwestern OncoSET-Dr. Edith Mitchell M.D. past President of the National Medical Association,  Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology; Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director of Diversity Programs and Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. -Julie E. Lang, MD, Facs Associate Professor of Surgery Director, Business Cancer Program Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, -Dr. Paul H. Levine Researcher Research Professor Department of Epidemiology College of Public Health Nebraska Medical Center -George Somlo, M.D. Director, Pharmaceutical Initiatives Professor, Departments of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research and Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Medical Oncologist, City of Hope-Dr. John Culhane, MD General Surgery / Critical Care Surgery Arrowhead Community Surgical Medical Group As a collective, we request that the President of the United States, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and all Members of the United States Congress, consider our petition for a National Day for Inflammatory Breast Cancer. What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?  Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare form of breast cancer that progresses quickly. Its symptoms differ from those of more common breast cancers and can, therefore, be harder to diagnose and have shown to be more difficult to treat. IBC is diagnosed as at least stage III and in some cases, approximately 30-35 percent of it has already spread to distant lymph nodes or organs and it is diagnosed as stage IV. “IBC is entirely different from other types of breast cancer – as a result, the symptoms, prognosis, and outcomes all require specific, customized attention,” said Dr. Cristofanilli. “There are an estimated 15,000-20,000 new cases of IBC diagnosed annually.  For more info, visit - http://hospitals.jefferson.edu/diseases-and-conditions/inflammatory-breast-cancer/ Why do we need an IBC Day?  Several years ago, Patti Bradfield, Founder of IBC Foundation, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) and U.S. Rep Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) teamed up and presented a resolution for Inflammatory Breast Cancer to the United States Congress. The resolution was not passed, but its introduction set the stage for what Fighting 4 the Tatas Inflammatory Breast Cancer Inc. is continuing today. For more info, visit - https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-resolution/796 During the month of October, millions of people will be told about the dangers of Breast Cancer and the need for more awareness and prevention, but little to nothing will be mentioned about Inflammatory Breast Cancer even though it kills faster and is difficult to treat successfully.       You have been told: Mammography is the best method for early detection of Breast Cancer! Not true for IBC. Inflammatory Breast Cancer does not present with a lump in most cases and therefore is usually missed during a mammogram. You have been told: Early detection gives the best chance for Breast Cancer patients to beat the disease! Not true for IBC. Inflammatory Breast Cancer does not allow for early detection because it is found in the skin and often is misdiagnosed as an infection. By the time the symptoms worsen to the point of a biopsy being ordered, the cancer has advanced to stage 3B or worse and death is usually only a matter of time. For more info, visit - http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/inflammatory-breast-cancer-cancer/guide/inflammatory-breast-cancer You have been told: Breast Cancer is a disease that older women are diagnosed with and you need not be concerned until after the age of 40! Not true for IBC. There are multitudes of scientific data and physician written papers showing that the ages of women being diagnosed with IBC are getting younger and younger! Many women have been diagnosed during their childbearing years, and a few in their teenage years, the youngest at age 12. For more info, visit - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3706046/ You have been told: Your diagnosis (Pathology) of Breast Cancer is called Locally Advanced, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma or High Grade Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (Stage 3b or higher)!  You have NOT been told: that the clinical name of these cancers is Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  The clinical name of IBC makes the aforementioned diagnosis extremely time sensitive.   Without knowing the Clinical name you cannot get disability but there is government assistance immediately available to those who are diagnosed with IBC.  It’s sad to think that many people have missed out on disability assistance because they were not aware of this fact. For more info, visit - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3706046/ Another reason for a National IBC day! Inflammatory Breast Cancer continues to struggle to get attention from the medical community. This lack of attention and education about IBC manifests itself in the worst way when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of this deadly disease. A typical example follows: A patient (male or female) complains of symptoms (swollen, itchy and painful breast) to their family doctor. Most often, the doctor does not recognize this as cancer. Typically a mammogram is ordered and comes back negative. The doctor does not feel a lump and therefore diagnoses the problem as an infection (although a fever is required to accompany the symptoms for it to be an infection) and prescribes antibiotics. The patient is relieved that cancer is not detected, and then spends the next few weeks allowing IBC to spread further and guarantee a much worse outcome for the patient. There are even cases when the symptoms worsened but because the doctor was ignorant of IBC and had not been trained to look for it, more antibiotics are prescribed and the patient´s fate is all but sealed. For more info, visit - http://nursing.onclive.com/publications/oncology-nurse/2014/May-2014/Raising-Awareness-of-Inflammatory-Breast-Cancer This type of experience is completely unacceptable and could be reduced, if not eliminated if the Breast Cancer community would require Continuing Medical Education (CME) for medical professionals who come in contact with these symptoms first (general practitioners, family doctors, gynecologists, nurses, etc.). Mandatory CME´s that include this information would educate the medical community and begin the process of making early detection possible for Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  In October, many young women and men are asked to put on the color pink and march/run for their loved ones, or friends who are dealing with or have dealt with breast cancer. Ironically, far too many of these same participants have never heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It is criminal to allow the unsuspecting public to remain uninformed about this deadly disease. What YOU can do! In response to this, Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Inc. is reaching out to those who are fighting Breast Cancer of any kind, to the loved ones and friends of Breast Cancer patients, to activists/organizations and to the pink wearing public at large in an effort to garner support for making October 3rd a National Inflammatory Breast Cancer Day (IBC Day)! It is time to hold those responsible for keeping IBC a secret accountable.  Medical education must be introduced and required for all licensed medical professionals and the public must be made aware of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  October has been set aside for Breast Cancer Awareness! At least one day (October 3rd) should be dedicated to the deadliest breast cancer of all, Inflammatory Breast Cancer! YOU can help make this a reality by joining us and signing this petition to make October 3rd – a NATIONWIDE IBC DAY! Please JOIN US! www.fighting4thetatas.org  

Fighting 4 the Tatas Inflammatory Breast Cancer Organization
1,880 supporters