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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Raised by Wearing Teal

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is encouraging you and me to wear teal this month, but especially this first Friday in September which has been declared National Teal Day.

Teal has become the ovarian cancer community’s color as pink is for breast cancer. The community wants to use the color to serve as a reminder that ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death among women.

A simple way to wear teal is to join the campaign “Teal Toes.” Simply paint your toe nails using a teal colored nail polish. Wear sandals, flip flops, or open toed shoes to show off your “teal toes.” When someone comments on your bright toes, use the opportunity to teach them about ovarian cancer.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Cancer Society, with significant support from the Alliance formed a consensus statement on ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has endorsed the consensus statement, which was announced in June 2007. The statement follows.
Historically ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

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

Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.

Please visit OCNA for more information.

Here’s the picture of my teal toes. I used Nicole “Respect the World Nail” Lacquer by OPI.