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Princess Kate’s Diagnosis Shines a Light on Women’s Cancers

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British royal watchers notwithstanding, all obsessed with unfounded speculations, have been stunned with the recent announcement that Catherine, Princess of Wales… aka Kate Middleton…  has cancer. Although no one outside the privacy of her family knows the diagnosis, the unexpected news is an all too familiar path for millions of women:  vague symptoms, an office visit, tests, surgery and then a dreaded surprise finding of cancer.

It’s timely for an all too important ‘teaching moment’:  certain women’s cancers can present confusing symptoms but these are critically important clues that may signal an urgent need for a specialist’s medical care.  Ovarian cancer… usually hiding within the   fallopian tubes … is just such a disease.         

“Life can take any number of unexpected turns. Some joyous; some devastating and life changing. When my beloved daughter died at the age of 20 from ovarian cancer, it threw me into a world of loss and grief.  Eventually I came to embrace a powerful life commitment.”  related Paulinda Schimmel Babbini

Babbini grieved, grew stronger and in 2010 with the support of a small cadre of friends, found a nonprofit 501c3 The Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired By Robin Babbini.  

Robin was diagnosed at the age of 17 with advanced ovarian cancer. She completed high school and barely began her first year at UC Santa Barbara when the cancer recurred, despite all the available treatments and surgeries.  Shortly before she died, only 20 years old, Robin told her mother, “This must be happening for a reason.”    

Indeed, to create a lasting purpose out of this colossal loss,aBabbini decided to do far more than cherish memories of her beloved daughter. Summoning new courage and learning new skills, she committed herself to networking, community outreach, educating and fundraising to do battle against ovarian cancer.

“We must teach all women and girls, of all ages! Please, KNOW these symptoms!”, pleads Babbini and The Circle team. The symptoms are:  abdominal pressure, bloating, nausea, indigestion, feeling full but eating less, urinary frequency and constipation.  It is essential to take note that if these symptoms persist over  two to three weeks, go to a gynecologic oncologist.  

The Circle’s steadfast team of volunteers and donors commit to annual ambitious fundraising initiatives that support the esteemed UCLA G.O. Discovery Lab Gynecologic Oncology Cancer Research Lab.  This past year the group passed the amazing $1 million milestone! 

Recently The Circle presented a check for $75,000 to gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, leader of the G.O. Discovery Lab team.

Knowledge is critically important. One of the biggest keys to the battle against ovarian cancer is finding a life-saving early detection test which doesn’t yet exist. Remember – the pap smear does NOT detect ovarian cancer!

Reminds Babbini:   “I firmly believe that if our family had known the signs and symptoms, Robin would be here telling her story herself.”

Year ‘round, The Circle and its devoted supporters and donors fight in loving memory of Robin, all loved ones who have lost their lives to this women’s cancer, and on behalf of those very special survivors who have been successfully treated by remarkable doctors.The Circle’s 14th annual fundraiser, “Teal There’s A Cure” Luncheon & Boutique is Friday, May 3rd at the Hilton Woodland Hills at 10:30 am honoring UCLA gynecologic oncologist, Dr.Sanaz Memarzadeh. To purchase tickets, donate or sponsor visit

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