Ovarian Cancer Awareness Matters!
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month but we need to raise awareness every day of the year!
Do your part to raise awareness!
Wear teal on National Wear Teal Day on Friday, September 6, 2019 and encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same!
Share information about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer via e-mail as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Here are some ideas:
- Did you know that a Pap Smear does NOT detect ovarian cancer? There is no test for ovarian cancer, so knowing and recognizing the symptoms is key: bloating, abdominal pressure or pain, feeling full when eating a meal, urinary urgency or frequency. Just ONE of these symptoms that persists for more than two weeks should be reported to your doctor (preferably a gynecologist).
- Although most prevalent in women over 50 years of age, ovarian cancer can and does affect women and girls of all ages. All women are at risk. 1 in 72 Colorado women will develop invasive ovarian cancer in their lifetime.
- Did you know that these factors INCREASE your risk of ovarian cancer? Being of Eastern European Jewish descent. Never having been pregnant. Never having used birth control. A family history of breakfst, ovarian, or colon cancer.
- Women with Stage I ovarian cancer have a 92% survival rate! That's why catching it early is critical! Help spread the word! The most common symptoms are: bloating, abdominal pressure or pain, feeling full when eating a meal, urinary urgency or frequency. Just ONE of these symptoms that persists for more than two weeks should be reported to your doctor (preferably a gynecologist).
At Home and in your Neighborhood:
Yard signs are ALWAYS available! Just stop by the COCA office (1777 S. Bellaire St., Suite 170) for your supply!
Teal tree ribbons are also available at the COCA office.
Ask if you can put up an awareness poster up on the lunch room bulletin board.
Share information about symptoms and risk factors with your co-workers by providing each one with a symptom card!
Arrange a workplace "Lunch and Learn" session and a COCA staff member or volunteer can come speak to your group about ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors.
In Your Community:
Put up an awareness poster at your local coffee house or locally owned shop!
Make symptom cards available at your church or synagogue or put an awareness poster up on the bulletin board.
Would your club or organization like to have someone come talk about ovarian cancer? We have speakers ready, willing and able to do just that! Just ask!
COCA has symptom cards, posters, yard signs, brochures and everything you need to raise awareness in September...and beyond.
Visit the COCA office at 1777 S. Bellaire Street, Suite 170, Denver any week day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to pick up your materials.
If you want a speaker for your group, please contact Jeanene@Colo-OvarianCancer.org.