Thousands wear teal across country to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Sept. 1, 2009
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will lead the efforts of thousands of Americans Sept. 4, 2009, by wearing teal to increase awareness about the deadly disease.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--September marks the nationwide observance of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, as designated by President Obama.

The first Friday in September this year, Sept. 4, 2009, is National Teal Day, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will lead the efforts of thousands of Americans wearing teal to increase awareness about the deadly disease.

Teal is the ovarian cancer community's color and serves as a reminder that ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all cancers of the reproductive system and a leading cause of cancer death among women.

In addition to wearing teal, the 47 partner member organizations of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are sponsoring events across the country. These events include health fairs, walk/runs and fundraisers.

The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation of New Jersey will "Turn the Town Teal" by blanketing its community with teal ribbons, balloons and flyers--an annual affair. The South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation is releasing hundreds of butterflies in memory or in honor of loved ones to benefit ovarian cancer research and awareness.

Annette Leal Mattern, ovarian cancer survivor and cofounder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona, said, "We reached our goal to inform one million women in Arizona about the symptoms of ovarian cancer this year by partnering with Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks. An early diagnosis is a woman's best chance of survival."

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance strengthened its voice for the ovarian cancer community through relationships with Cartier, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and TriStar Products, Inc. In addition, the cause has been bolstered by celebrity support from Danica Patrick, Dara Torres, Janet Jackson, Kathy Bates, and Rachel Zoe. All of these people have been touched by the disease in some way.

"Talking about this disease at the national level is essential because diagnosing it is so difficult," explained Judith Abrams, president of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. "September is our opportunity to significantly increase awareness across the United States and, ultimately, help save women's lives."

If the following symptoms occur almost daily for more than two weeks, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance advises that women see a gynecologist. These symptoms include:

* Bloating
* Pelvic or abdominal pain
* Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
* Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

There is no definitive test for ovarian cancer so experts suggest a combination of pelvic/rectal exam, a CA-125 blood test, and a transvaginal ultrasound.

For more information, go to Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

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