Cable bridge to be lit teal for ovarian cancer awareness in September
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-Cities Cancer Center wants to turn the town teal to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. They kick off a month of events and education by lighting the Cable Bridge teal on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m.
The organization will remember those impacted in a celebration at the Clover Island Inn including speakers and food and drink specials.
The bridge will stay teal throughout the month of September for the fifth year in a row.
They are also encouraging the community to turn their neighborhoods teal by tying ribbons around trees. The “Turn the Towns Teal” ribbons are available at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center
“It’s a great conversation starter,” said Michael Novakovich with the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. “Why are you doing this? Why is it out in front of your business? In front of your home? You can help us create this education that women really need to be aware of the things that are going on in their bodies and question it.”
Novakovich said it is important for women to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer because there is not a normal screening process like a mammogram for breast cancer.
Below are some statistics provided by the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.
/* Style Definitions */
· Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive system
· A woman’s risk of getting Ovarian Cancer is roughly 1 in 75
· Only 46% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a 5-year survival rate
· If found early, the 5-year survival rate is 92%
· There expected to be 22,440 estimated new cases in 2016
· There expected to be 14,080 deaths from ovarian cancer in 2016
· Ovarian cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women 55-64
· Median age at diagnosis is 63
Some Risk Factors include:
· Age – a woman’s risk increases with age
· Obesity – women with a BMI of at least 30 have are at higher risk
· Birth control – women who have used an oral contraceptive are at lower risk
· Having your tubes tied or having a hysterectomy may reduce a woman’s risk
· A family history or ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer can increase risk
Can Ovarian Cancer be found early?
· There currently are not any reliable screening tests for ovarian cancer
· Women need to become familiar with their bodies and question any noticeable changes. Be sure to talk with your physician should and changes persist for more than two weeks.
· Most of the following symptoms can also be caused by other less serious conditions. Symptoms include:
· Abdominal swelling or bloating (due to a mass or a buildup of fluid)
· Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
· Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
· Urinary symptoms (having to go urgently or often)