A Message About Ovarian Cancer Awareness September 23 2015, 0 Comments

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. And much like Breast Cancer Awareness month, it has its own color -- teal. You better believe I will be wearing teal often this month! Not only does it look great with almost any complexion, but let that color be a conversation starter to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer signs and symptoms, something all women need to be aware of.

Did you know that ovarian cancer is the number one cause of gynecologic cancer deaths? According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the 5-year survival rate is over 90 percent. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in the later stages, when the prognosis is poor. That is why the events and press given to Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by the media are so important. This is a cancer that can be silent and deadly. And we want to do what we can to stop its death march.

First of all, women need to know that a Pap test, while an important part of preventative screening, does not test for ovarian cancer. Which means women need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Feeling full quickly
  • Abdominal pain

There are many possible reasons for these symptoms, but if you experience any or all of these, we encourage you to talk to your doctor immediately just to be on the safe side.

With ovarian cancer, as with so many things concerning our health, it is important for you to know your body and know your family history. Being confident enough to talk to your physician about any feelings or changes in your body is an important part of staying in good health.

So pull out those teal blouses and your turquoise jewelry, which look awesome with our black Go Free jeans and business casual pants!  The Fall Fashion Sale has started, so take advantage of 50% off now!  Let’s all make a statement this month and do our part to help educate our community sisters on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 


Wear Teal and Help Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer! September 09 2014, 0 Comments

We here at Go Free Pants are very upfront about our support for women’s issues, especially concerning women’s health. Which is why we are helping get the word out about ovarian cancer, in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly cancers in women, as the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35-74. It is called the silent killer because it is often not found until in its final stages: 60% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in Stage 3, where the survival rate is as low as 30%.

It also has the reputation of being a silent killer because for years it was thought there were no symptoms. But there are! We need to spread the word, to let women know what to be looking for. Early warning signs of ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently and often

You can help break the silence by wearing teal this month in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Teal is a great color for fall. Its brightness helps bring color to your face and accentuate your features. Of course you can always go with traditional pairings such as black pants or a pink skirt with your teal blouse. But blogger Annie Suh [] gives us some other great color ideas, such as teal with brown, yellow, peach or cranberry. After all, what better way to build awareness than by making a fashion statement?

In addition to pulling out your favorite teal blouse or sweater, you can add to your collection by choosing some of the great items on Choose Hope, including scarves, t-shirts, watches and hats. This is a for-profit organization, but they donate large sums of money each month to cancer research, including $5,000 in August to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

So pull out your favorite pair of Go Free Pants and put them on with something teal. Then make sure to let people know why you’re wearing this fun color. It’s up to all of us to help break the silence!