Every October, we start seeing pink. Pink ribbons on t-shirts. Pink armbands on football players. Pink-themed walks, 5Ks, and marathons—all efforts aimed to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was started in 1985 to encourage women to get their yearly mammograms. Since then, the month has blown up into an anticipated, annual phenomenon.
But lost in that shuffle is September's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, represented by the color teal. Although the disease is rare compared to breast cancer, the statistics are far more grim. And few people are talking about them.
With annual pap smears and all the ads for Gardasil taking over the airwaves, many young women believe they're protected for all gynecologic cancers. This is NOT THE CASE! Pap Smears DO NOT detect Ovarian Cancer! Please learn the signs and symptoms and share them with every woman in your life! #TealsTheDeal #NotJustTheBoobs #NotAllCancerisPink #OvarianCancerAwareness