Teal time in September - what it's all aboutTuesday, September 03, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ZONTA CLUB OF SAULT STE. MARIE
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
No screening test, significant misperceptions, and limited funding are only some of the challenges of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the most fatal women’s cancer; yet it is often overlooked and under-diagnosed.
Symptoms are vague, so most women are diagnosed in late stages when 70 percent will not survive five years.
Approximately one in four Canadian women still believe that a Pap test screens for ovarian cancer; it does not.
A Pap test screens for cervical cancer.
“Ovarian Cancer Canada raises awareness and crucial funds for research, improved education and programs that support women living with this devastating disease,” says Elisabeth Ross, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada.
“The Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area has set a goal to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in our community over the next five years. Everyone knows what pink ribbons are for. We want to ensure that people in our community recognize what the teal ribbons represent but also become more aware of signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and advocate for themselves with their family physicians,” states Gayle Manley, president of the Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area.
Throughout September Zonta has numerous events taking place for media opportunities.
Saturday, August 31, Let’s Tie One On!
We [turned] the downtown area Teal from Pim to Dennis Street, by tying teal ribbons on lampposts.
September 6 – Wear Teal on National Wear Teal Day
Take a photo and share it with your friends, family and post it on Facebook.
September 9 - Proclamation at City Hall for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
About Ovarian Cancer Canada
Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charity dedicated solely to overcoming ovarian cancer, providing leadership by supporting women and their families living with the disease; raising awareness among the general public and health care professionals; and funding research to develop reliable early detection techniques, improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
Zonta is a global service organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
The Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area supports a number of local service projects including scholarships at local high schools, Sault College and Algoma University, Breton House, Women in Crisis, Breast Cancer Comfort pillows, literacy, and an annual speaker event.