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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - but awareness is needed all year long! Help save lives through awareness and education.
The Town of Smyrna is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Turn The Town Teal (TTTT) in raising awareness for ovarian cancer again this year! We encourage residents to get involved in putting up bows. The event will take place on Friday, September 1, 2017, between 10 AM and noon. Volunteers should meet at Town Hall located at 27 South Market Street Plaza at 10 AM. A representative from the DE Ovarian Cancer Foundation will be present to kick off this event, as well as the Mayor John Embert and Gary Stulir the Acting Town Manager.
The bows displayed in town are a visible reminder to become aware of the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer. Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is critical and the ONLY defense against the disease since there is still no test for its detection. The ribbons will remain on display in town throughout the month of September.
Each year, more than 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the United States. All women are at risk, affecting 1 in 70 females of any age. According to the CDC, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Due to late diagnosis (less than 20% are diagnosed early) and a high recurrence rate (70-90%), the DE Ovarian Cancer Foundation funds research to develop an early diagnostic test for ovarian cancer.
"Turn The Town Teal" is coordinated by DE Ovarian Cancer Foundation VP, Sally Oberle, who lost her sister Sidney to ovarian cancer and volunteers in her memory.