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7 tips for making the most of your annual wellness visit

We get it; your annual wellness exam is an appointment you’re eager to rush through. Even so, it is an important step in prevention and early detection of cancer and a time with your doctor that you should take advantage of. Here are seven tips to ensure you’re advocating for your health — and three […]

Can aspirin prevent ovarian cancer?

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You may have read in recent news that a new research study found that daily, low-dose aspirin may lower a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. So does that mean you should start — or change — your aspirin regimen? Dr. Nora Disis, our Medical and Scientific Director and the Director of the University of […]

Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer: What you need to know

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What is hereditary breast and ovarian cancer? 10-15% of ovarian cancer and 5-10% of breast cancer are hereditary. To kick off October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going to dive into a lesser-discussed topic that bridges the gap between ovarian and breast cancer: hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). Many people have a general […]

Because of You: A thank you letter from an ovarian cancer survivor

My story In January 2017, I went in for my annual gynecological exam. During the exam, my gynecologist noted that my uterus seemed enlarged and, suspecting that I had fibroids, sent me for an ultrasound. While having the ultrasound I watched the monitor trying to decipher the gray blobs I saw, wondering how I’d fit […]

Meet a CanCan Instructor: Lauren Grabowski

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops. CanCan instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Lauren Grabowski, CanCan instructor.   About Lauren Where are you from? Vacaville, California (Cowtown!) Where do you live now and what […]

Meet a CanCan Facilitator: Ilyse Wagner

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The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan facilitators share their cancer journey with CanCan party attendees and help educate women on ovarian and breast health. Say hello to Ilyse Wagner, CanCan facilitator.   About Ilyse Where are you from? […]

2018 SummeRun Honoree: Debbie McKenzie

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We are thrilled to have Debbie McKenzie as our 2018 SummeRun honoree! Debbie and her family and friends have been supporters of the SummeRun for the past three years and are great friends of the Rivkin Center. We know Debbie’s story will inspire you as you participate in this year’s event! Debbie’s Story Debbie had […]

Introducing Dr. Mary-Claire King: Symposium Keynote

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We’re excited to share that Dr. Mary-Claire King will be our keynote speaker at the Rivkin Center’s 12th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium. Dr. King first discovered BRCA1, the breast and ovarian cancer gene, in 1990. Her work on BRCA1 was a game-changer for how scientists thought about the role of genetics in complex diseases […]

How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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In addition to genetics and family history, environment plays a role in breast and ovarian cancer risk. Here are 5 lifestyle behaviors that have been scientifically shown to reduce your risk of ovarian and breast cancer: Be Physically Active — at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week Exercise has numerous health benefits, […]

Community Fundraising: Mother’s Day Dash in Shelton, WA

The Mother’s Day Dash on Sunday, May 13th in Shelton, WA hosted by the Conklin family raised nearly $5,000 in the fight against ovarian cancer. The Dash is a 4 mile run/walk community fundraising event for the Swedish SummeRun & Walk to benefit the Rivkin Center. The Conklin’s are longtime supporters of the SummeRun and […]

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