Most everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most also know that the ribbon color is pink. Thanks to raising awareness, many lives are saved each year from breast cancer.
Most probably don’t know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Most probably don’t know that the ribbon color is teal. There is not enough awareness about one of the most deadly of women’s cancers.
Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women died in the United States from this disease. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments and many women won’t be diagnosed until the cancer has spread…like my husband’s cousin Tarin who fought a brave battle.
She knew something wasn’t right. For almost a year even the doctors didn’t recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Once Tarin was finally diagnosed, it had already spread throughout her abdomen. After surgeries, chemo, and many other treatments, she lost her battle after nearly seven years. She left behind three beautiful children and many who loved her.
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, 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, I would love for you to honor them in the comments below.