2012.8.29 Cancer Survivors, Advocates, Celebrities and Companies to Commemorate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Washington, DC—More than 20,000 women and men are expected to wear teal on September 7 in a show of support for women with ovarian cancer throughout the United States. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness.

A woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every 37 minutes. It is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. There is no early detection test for the disease, so the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance encourages all women to learn the symptoms that may indicate ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (frequency or urgency)

Women can track these symptoms, as well as risk factors associated with the disease, through a free Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App available at http://localhost/cancer/app/.

Throughout the month of September, the Alliance will work with survivors, advocates, celebrities and corporate partners to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for ovarian cancer programs. The organization will take part in a number of educational programs, including a webinar on genetics and ovarian cancer, and a Twitter chat. President Obama is expected to issue a Presidential Proclamation declaring September National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; each president has done so annually, beginning with President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, a keynote speaker at the Alliance’s Annual Conference in July, will wear teal on September 7 and share facts about the disease on social media throughout the month. In addition, Miss USA will promote a partnership between the Alliance and Same Sky, a trade-not-aid initiative that employs HIV-positive Rwandan and Zambian women to craft beaded necklaces and bracelets. Same Sky will donate 10 percent of September sales from its teal bracelets to the Alliance. Miss USA modeled many of these bracelets in a special ovarian cancer themed photo shoot with Same Sky, which will go live on September 1 at www.samesky.com.

The acclaimed bakery Georgetown Cupcake will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of “Teal Velvet” cupcakes to the Alliance throughout the month of September. Teal Velvet cupcakes can be purchased at any Georgetown Cupcake store, or ordered by the dozen online and shipped anywhere in the United States. Also in September, Le Marais Chocolates will donate 10 percent of the purchase price for special boxes of handmade chocolate truffles to the Alliance.

For the second year, the Alliance is collaborating with Avon Books on K.I.S.S. and Teal, an awareness campaign that urges romance readers to Know the Important Signs and Symptoms of ovarian cancer. All seven titles released by Avon in September 2012 will include a teal ribbon on the cover and information about ovarian cancer.

More information about ovarian cancer is available on the Alliance website: www.ovariancancer.org.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Amanda Davis at adavis@ovariancancer.org or (202)331-1332.