Stu­dents hang teal rib­bons for ovar­ian can­cer aware­ness

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Uni­ver­sity of Delaware ju­nior Emily Pizzi­menti hangs a teal rib­bon on Main Street.

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