This is a GUEST POST from Ritu Bedi, a cancer survivor who is spearheading the ovarian cancer awareness campaign.
I am a recent ovarian cancer survivor and realized that people are not much aware of this cancer in India.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynaecological cancers. A highly aggressive disease on the rise in India, it is one of the leading causes of women’s deaths.
Did you know that 7 out of 10 women die with ovarian cancer within 5 years of diagnosis? Over 50% get diagnosed in the late stages, reducing their chances of survival. With early detection, 90% of women can survive.
Just by being aware do you realize how many lives we can save? Most women are detected at stage 3 and beyond, at which point only 30% will survive to 5 years.
Called the silent killer, symptoms are similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or other gastric issues and include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Feeling full quickly
- Frequent need to urinate
If you have any of these symptoms daily over a few weeks, talk to your doctor/gynaecologist about it and mention any history of cancer in the family. Prompt medical evaluation leads to early detection and better prognosis.
Lack of awareness and symptoms similar to IBS are primary reasons for late detection. I was misdiagnosed as IBS for a year and then cancer was caught at a late stage.
Why are women dying of a disease that is treatable if caught early?
Teal for September campaign is intended to promote awareness about early detection, and prompt women to have checkups. It is the first of its kind ovarian cancer awareness raising campaign in the country. The Teal color is a shade of blue associated with ovarian cancer just like pink for breast cancer, red ribbon for HIV/AIDS and blue for diabetes.
September is the month for ovarian cancer awareness and September 5 is Teal Day.
How you can help:
- Wear Teal on September 5 and spread awareness
- Post your pictures on Facebook with #WearTealDay and tag India Teal Warriors Facebook page, you can add this message too – GO TEAL. GET A CHECKUP.
- Tweet all messages and pictures with hashtag #WearTealDay
- Thoughtfully donate to CanSupport, a cancer charity, via the mechanism provided on our Facebook page