Sunday, October 5, 2008

Get The Facts About Your Risk For Women's Cancers

(NAPSI)-New findings of an independent survey conducted by Woman's Day magazine showed that too few women know their risk for women's cancers has sparked a call to action for women to learn about reducing cancer risks.

"What You Do Matters" is a call to action from sanofi-aventis to urge women to get the facts about cancer, share their feelings and experiences and prepare for the future learning about how to lower their cancer risks today.

Beyond Breast Cancer

"What You Do Matters" aims to inspire women to learn all they can about early detection, prevention and treatment of women's cancers. In addition to breast cancer, five other types of cancers affecting primarily women are ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulva, and vaginal. In 2008, it is estimated that 260,950 women will be diagnosed with one of these cancers. Just this year, it is estimated that 40,000 American women will die of breast cancer alone.

Olympian Shawn Johnson Speaks Out

"What You Do Matters" speaks to the importance for all women, regardless of age, to get the facts about their risks for cancer.

The company is joined in this effort by Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic Champion and a spokesperson for "What You Do Matters." "This cause means a lot to me and my family because when my grandma battled breast cancer 11 years ago, I believe "what we did mattered" to help her get through it," said Shawn. My grandmother and my parents asked a million questions to help her make choices about treatment. She came to live with us, and I did whatever a little girl could to help out. Now as a young adult, I feel I can help make a difference by urging women of all ages to get the facts on their personal cancer history, share their concerns with their doctors and act now to prepare for the future. Because what you do now really does matter."

Survey Results Surprising

In 2008, it is estimated that 260,950 women will be diagnosed, and an estimated 68,970 will die from one of the cancers affecting primarily women. Yet, a recent independent survey conducted by Woman's Day magazine of 7,361 women readers found that too few women have all the information they need about women's cancers. Only one out of two women talked to their doctor about cancer risks. Yet, half of respondents wished they knew where to find credible and reliable information about cancer, and just one fifth feel very knowledgeable about risk factors for women's cancers. The six cancers affecting mostly women are breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal.

Dedicated to making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families, sanofi-aventis urges women to get the facts, share the feelings and look to the future. To learn more about women's cancer risk, visit For details on the Woman's Day survey, visit

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