What Are Those Teal Ribbons For?

Have you seen those teal ribbons tied to trees and poles around the area?

Teal ribbons can be found around the Delaware Valley, from downtown Wayne to Powell Road in Springfield.

The message is simple. The disease is not. The ribbons are trying to increase awareness of Ovarian Cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. They promote the Get Real With Teal campaign and sandyovarian.org.

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The Get Real With Teal campaign is about educating the public during the month by “hanging teal ribbons, texting Teal to 20222, wearing teal laces, viewing teal lights or handing out symptom cards,” according to the campaign’s Facebook page.

The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, of Havertown, is organizing the awareness campaign. The Foundation’s Facebook page lists a variety of events this month, including the arrival of 30,000 teal ribbons in August.

The signs and symptoms that could indicate ovarian cancer, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition are:                         

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

  Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:                   

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Mike M September 25, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The teal ribbon run takes place every May in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. It's a nice 5k on an easy flat route that raises money for a good cause.


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