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.