National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's DFW Chapter Features First Annual Teal Lights Display This Friday, September 4th, "National Wear Teal Day"

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Omni Dallas and Bank of America Plaza Aglow in Teal This Friday For "National Wear Teal Day"

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“Ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease®,” says David Barley, CEO of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. “We see families torn apart with the loss of a mother, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother.”

Ovarian cancer continues to be the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer in her lifetime is approximately 1 in 75. This year it is estimated that approximately 22,000 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and 14,000 will die.

There is no test to detect ovarian cancer. A Pap test does not detect the disease. There are symptoms, which are subtle, that can mimic those of unrelated conditions. For these reasons, the diagnosis of ovarian cancer most often occurs in later stages of the disease, when the prognosis is poor.

However, if diagnosed early, ovarian cancer is treatable. The key to early diagnosis is awareness. It is imperative, that the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are recognized and considered, not only by women, but by their loved ones, as well as medical providers.

The NOCC DFW Chapter’s 1st Annual Teal Lights Display on Friday, September 4, 2015 will help Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer®! For nearly 25 years, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has been working hard, through its more than 20 chapters nationwide, to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer, improve the quality of life for Survivors, and fund ovarian cancer research.

The event will feature the OMNI Dallas and the Bank of America Plaza aglow in teal to honor "National Wear Teal Day," which is celebrated the first Friday in September. September is "National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month."

“Ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease®,” says David Barley, CEO of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. “We see families torn apart with the loss of a mother, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother.”

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating or sudden weight gain, abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. It is recommended that a woman who experiences symptoms that persist for more than two weeks see her doctor, and a gynecologic oncologist if ovarian cancer is suspected.

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer by participating in the NOCC DFW Chapter’s 15th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer® on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Lone Star Park, in Grand Prairie, TX. For more information, please follow this link.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION

For nearly 25 years, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has been committed to raising awareness, promoting education, and funding research in support of women, families, and communities touched by ovarian cancer. NOCC is well-established as an important national advocate for patients and families struggling with ovarian cancer. NOCC remains steadfast in its Mission “to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors.” For more information, please visit http://www.ovarian.org and follow NOCC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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