Show Your Support for Ovarian Cancer Awareness & Wear Teal

The American Cancer Society estimates that the 5-year survival rate of women with breast cancer is 89%.  For cervical cancer, it’s estimated at 71%.  For ovarian cancer, the 5-year survival rate for women is 46%.  Because it’s one of the most difficult cancers to detect (fewer than 20% of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early), ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly women’s cancers, and one that everyone should be aware of.

Teal Ribbob Lapel Pin

Teal is the official awareness color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness and other gynecological cancers.

Over the course of September, organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and OvarianCancerAwareness.org have been spreading the word about new research, detection techniques and possible prevention methods.  Here are some statistics from these organizations, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to help you understand why this cause deserves your attention:

  • Each year, approximately 21,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2010, approximately 13,850 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer.
  • Estimates indicate that 1 in 70 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime.
  • All women are at risk of developing ovarian cancer regardless of age; however, a woman’s risk is highest during her 60s and increases with age through her late 70s.
  • Many women don’t seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.   As previously stated, though, fewer than 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early.
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women.  While the ninth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Mortality rates are slightly higher for Caucasian women than for minority women.
  • From 1999 to 2009, 115,543 women out of the 160,715 diagnosed with ovarian cancer died.
  • Early detection of this cancer is the key to beating it.  Although difficult to detect, recent research suggests that, together, the four symptoms of bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.

I knew a wonderful woman named Anna Marie who didn’t have her ovarian cancer diagnosed until a later stage of development.  This incredibly strong woman, a registered nurse and mother, did not give up without a fight.  Through her treatment, she nursed her brother who was battling mesothelioma.  She gave her family strength through the time they took care of her in her final days.  And even though Anna Marie is gone, I continue to be inspired by her courage and the compassion for others she showed in her life.  She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

It’s with Anna Marie in mind that I write this post, and hope that every person who reads it shares the information with the women in their lives.  For more information about ovarian cancer research, prevention, treatment, and more, please visit the websites sited in this post.

Statistics and facts from this post can be found on the following sites: OvarianCancerAwareness.org; OvarianCancer.org; Cancer.org (site for the American Cancer Society); CDC.gov.


Show Your Support for Ovarian Cancer Awareness with These Support Store Items

“Ovarian Cancer Awareness” Teal Rubber Bracelet Wristband – Adult 8″

Item# SWBOVAA001

Our Ovarian Cancer Awareness Wristband is made from seamless 100% silicone rubber, packaged in a polybag.  We also carry “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ribbon Magnets.”

Price:  $0.79 to $2.50 each

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Teal Ribbon Embroidered Stick-ons - 25-pack

Teal Ribbon Embroidered Stick-ons – 25-pack

Item# ICS27004TE

Want a small inexpensive teal ribbon but don’t want a metal lapel pin or hand made ribbon with a safety pin? This might be your solution.

This embroidered awareness ribbon sticker is an excellent item for promoting “teal” cause awareness and education. The self-adhesive “stick-on” backing enables you to place this applique on name badges, shirts, jackets, uniforms, bags, helmets and backpacks. The appliques are a terrific give-away at health fairs, conventions, breast cancer walks, funerals, and especially fundraisers.

Each sheet has 25 peel off teal colored ribbons, each individual ribbon is 3/4″ x 1 1/4″.

Price:  $8.88 to $12.99 per sheet

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