The median age of a women at the time of initial ovarian cancer diagnosis is 63. How important is social media technology to ovarian cancer awareness? Let us know what you think.
The median age of a women at the time of initial ovarian cancer diagnosis is 63.
In light of that fact, we are often asked why Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ distributes ovarian cancer information (e.g., early warning signs, significant research developments, new clinical trials, stories of hope, etc.) through so many social media and social network distribution channels — WORD of HOPE Ovarian Cancer Podcast, Twitter, Facebook, Vodpod, SocialVibe, YouTube, and Friendfeed.
When it comes to ovarian cancer advocacy, there are many potential responses to this inquiry.
“Because it’s a matter of life or death; ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic cancer.”
“I lost my 26-year old cousin to ovarian cancer and want to ensure that women of Libby’s generation don’t lose their lives to this disease.”
“Ovarian cancer does not discriminate based on age. The website contains stories of inspirational survivors from age 6 through age 80.”
“It’s the biblical ‘Sower and the Seeds’ parable approach to ovarian cancer advocacy: some seeds falls along the path and the birds eat it right away; some seeds falls on rocky places, where it springs up quickly but dies off when the sun comes out because the roots are shallow; and some seeds falls among thorns, which choke the plants as they sprout. But, some seeds falls on fertile ground where it produces a good crop.”
“The women who chose to visit the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ website are technology savy and do just fine when it comes to social media networks.”
“Many of the visitors to the website are immediate family members (including grandchildren), relatives and friends of ovarian cancer survivors who are acting as patient advocates on behalf of the survivors. Virtually all of these individuals are younger than 63, and often much, much younger.”
“Ovarian cancer survivors learn about potentially beneficial therapies, novel or otherwise, through online communications with other survivors.”
“Social networking among ovarian cancer survivors provides invaluable emotional support among a group of women who are experiencing the same difficult cancer journey.”
“Social media and social networks allow an ovarian cancer survivor to tell the world that she is N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) and celebrate that fact among virtual and real world friends.”
“Ovarian cancer awareness is a “brand” that must be disseminated to, and recognized by, the general public in order to educate, and therefore, save lives.”
Regardless of the underlying reason, we believe that it is important for the fifty and older generation to become familiar at some level with social media and social networks when it comes to general cancer awareness.
The same can be said for those in charge of cancer advocacy programs carried out by governmental, nonprofit, and commerical organizations. Rather than explain why this true, we thought that the video below would do a much better job of highlighting the local, national and global impact of today’s social media technology. We hope that you enjoy it.
After watching the video, please let us know what you think by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” phrase at the bottom of this post.