Reston, VA, November 04, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Tigerlily Foundation founder Maimah Karmo was featured on the “Oprah Winfrey” show on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm EST to share her experience with breast cancer and discuss how it changed her life at the age of 32. Ms. Karmo shares the stage with actress Christina Applegate, Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Christina Applegate’s oncologist, Dr. Philomena McAndrew to talk about breast cancer, coping, survivorship and its aftermath. Ms. Karmo says, “It is important to raise awareness of breast cancer, especially in women under 40 because we have been trained to be concerned about it only after we have turned 40 years old.”
* There are over 2 million women living in the U.S. who have been treated for breast cancer and every 3 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. About 40,460 women will die from the disease this year. 11,100 women diagnosed this year will be under the age of 40. More than 1,100 of them will die and according to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.*
Oprah will discuss with Ms. Karmo her personal journey with breast cancer, Ms. Applegate’s decision to have a double mastectomy, and Ms. Brinker’s success in creating the largest breast cancer foundation globally.
In addition to sharing her personal story, Ms. Karmo highlighted the means which friends, family and loved ones can assist others going through breast cancer treatment and recovery. “It is so important to have a sense of responsibility for others and to implement preventative practices. Early detection saves lives,” stated Ms. Karmo.
Ms. Karmo spoke about Tigerlily and its focus on educating, advocating for, empowering and supporting young women affected by breast cancer. She created The Tigerlily Foundation with the primary focus of educating women under the age of 40 about the disease and providing chemotherapy buddy support, meetings for survivors, financial assistance, empowerment services and free mammograms to young women.
As young women who have been touched by this disease, Ms. Karmo and Ms. Applegate represented those who are more at risk than women over the age of 40, because they often have more aggressive forms of breast cancer and higher mortality rates. Ms. Karmo has been working to bring more awareness to this issue through The Tigerlily Foundation.
Ms. Karmo was also featured on WJLA Channel 7, an ABC News Affiliate on September 26th, where she was interviewed by Alison Starling for the “Working Women” segment. A video clip of the show can be found on Tigerlily Foundation’s website at http://tigerlilyfoundation.org/media.html.