This year more than 14,000 women will lose the fight against ovarian cancer. Every 24 minutes another case of this deadly disease is diagnosed, resulting in more than 22,000 new diagnoses each year. With subtle symptoms and no early detection test, only about 15 percent of these cases are caught early. So unfortunately, by the time most cases are detected, the cancer has already started to spread.
Two and a half years ago, Roxy noticed that her body was showing signs that something wasn’t right. Her medical specialist came to the conclusion that she was prone to ovarian cysts and would just have to learn to live with the pain, until her cyst started doubling in size a few months later. Although Roxy’s doctors checked for a protein called CA-125, which can be elevated in women with ovarian cancer, normal CA-125 levels lead to several misdiagnoses. When she was finally diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Roxy underwent a full hysterectomy, appendectomy, and the removal of thirty four lymph nodes. Looking back on her battle with ovarian cancer, Roxy said: “You never know how strong you can be until strong is the only choice you have.”
This September, we ask you to help us support the thousands of woman—like Roxy—personally affected by this disease by participating in our 30 Days of Teal campaign. In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Alliance has designated a small activity for each day to help spread the word and raise awareness. These tasks range from wearing teal to writing a letter Congress urging them to fund medical research.
One of our most popular days of the week are our Teal Challenge Tuesdays. The Teal Challenge is an ongoing online fundraising competition, that also challenges participants to test their knowledge of ovarian cancer. If you’d like to support the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, just register as an individual challenger or as a team, and then personalize your page with a photo and a personal story. Make sure to share this page with others and help us raise money to support women with ovarian cancer.
Whether you participate in one day or all thirty, we encourage you take on the challenge and help us push to change the course of ovarian cancer for the better. Do it for the survivors. Do it for their families and friends. Most importantly, do it for yourself.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. We connect survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. We ensure that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies in Washington, DC, and throughout the country. We help our community raise their voices on behalf of every life that has been affected by this disease. To learn more about our cause visit http://www.ovariancancer.org/