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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

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Broken Hearts

When they got married, it should have been for a lifetime. When they had their child, their dedication was infinite. The illness came ferociously and there is no cure. How is she supposed to contemplate a life without him? How is she to be mother and father to their child? How is the little one to grow without a father?

"Broken Hearts" - Pen over paper, mixed media.
Copyright 2011 Eni Oken

Did you know that Cancer Awareness is observed during almost every month of the year? Here is a Calendar of Cancer Awareness, according to the American Cancer Society and other sources:

  • January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening month.
  • February observes the World Cancer day on the 4th.
  • March observes National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month;
  • April observes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week between April 16 and 21st and is also the National Cancer Control Month;
  • May observes Melanoma Monday on May 1st; and National Women's Check-up Day on the 14th. It is also Cancer Research Month and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month (summer is approaching, all you sun gods!);
  • June brings the National Cancer Survivor's day on the 3rd (or first Sunday of June), and is the Men's Health/Cancer Awareness month;
  • July, smack in the middle of summer is the UV Safety Month;
  • September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and Childhood Cancer Month. It is also National Ovarian Cancer month, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness month. Whew!
  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and brings the National Mammography Day on October 21st;
  • November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and (how nice!) the National Family Caregiver month -- remember those who participate with us in the macabre cancer club). Also the National Stomach Cancer Awareness month.

World Cancer Day

Did you know that the only global awareness event is the World Cancer Day, observed every year on February 4th? This day was originally created as part of the World Cancer Campaign, part of the Charter of Paris during the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium, during February 4th of 2000. The goal is to promote strong cancer awareness between researchers, health-care professionals, patients, governments and other participants in the fight against this disease. It is estimated that between 2005 and 2015, in a ten-year span, about 84 million people could die of the disease if not cared for. It is one of the leading causes of death around the world.

Did you know that while the pink ribbon is the global symbol for breast cancer, the ORANGE RIBBON is the representative of child cancer?


2012 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.” http://healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp
World Cancer Day: http://www.worldcancerday.org/
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/AboutUs/WhoWeAre/cancer-awareness-calendar


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