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Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is promoting its educational message by encouraging women to “Think T.E.A.L. – Tell Everyone About Listening.” Thousands of people will be wearing teal jelly bracelets that say “It whispers, so listen” to encourage women to listen to their bodies and know the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer so they can alert their doctors. NOCC offers information on symptoms and treatment on its Web site at or through its press kit (available upon request). For women age 35-74, ovarian cancer it is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Symptoms of ovarian cancer include: pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort; vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion; frequency and/or urgency of urination; unexplained changes in bowel habits; unexplained weight gain or weight loss; pelvic and/or abdominal swelling or bloating; pain during intercourse; and ongoing unusual fatigue. For more information on ovarian cancer, go to or call 888-OVARIAN. The Web site also has a link to the local Divisions and provides additional information about upcoming events and activities in the area.

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