Students hang teal ribbons for ovarian cancer awareness
A group of University of Delaware students spent part of last week hanging dozens of teal ribbons on Main Street as part of “Turn The Towns Teal,” a national campaign to promote awareness for ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
“There is no test for ovarian cancer, so knowledge is crucial,” Mayor Polly Sierer said in a statement. “Drawing attention to the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer could help save the life of a friend or neighbor. Sometimes just one small act can make a big difference.”
The volunteers came from Lori’s Hands, a student organization that matches student volunteers with Newark residents living with chronic illness.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include bloating, abdominal pain, unexplained weight change, back pain and fatigue.
“The teal bows are visual alerts, but the key is knowing the symptoms, which are subtle and may be mistaken for other conditions,” Sally Oberle, Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation vice president, said in a statement.
University of Delaware junior Emily Pizzimenti hangs a teal ribbon on Main Street.