Most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the ribbon color is pink. Thanks to awareness, many lives are saved each year from breast cancer.
Most people probably don’t know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month or that the ribbon color is teal. There is not nearly enough awareness about one of the most deadly of women’s cancers.
Approximately 21,980 women each year will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, ovarian cancer claimed over 14,000 lives. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are few and often subtle. They can easily be confused with other ailments and many women won’t be diagnosed until the cancer has spread. Even doctors don’t always recognize the symptoms. My husbands cousin knew something wasn’t right and it took a year before she was finally diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. She lost her battle seven years later.
Had there been more awareness, she might have been diagnosed sooner. Had there been more awareness, the 5-year relative survival rate for ovarian cancer might be higher than 45%.
Please help spread the awareness for ovarian cancer, continue to pray for those who are battling ovarian cancer, and the families of those who lost a loved one to it. If you’ve lost a loved one to ovarian cancer or have a loved one who is fighting, I would love for you to honor them in the comments below.