teal_symbol copy This month (September) is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. We were shocked when we found out that 60% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in stage 3.

Why is this the way it is?

There's no test to screen for ovarian cancer so the only indication medical professionals have are the symptoms that are presented to them. Unfortunately, if women are unaware of the symptoms then they may just think they have cramps or a small bladder and view it as an unimportant issue.

Our Call to Action for YOU

Learn what the symptoms are and make sure that every woman you know is also aware of the symptoms. As is the case with any form of cancer, the earlier it's caught, the more likely the chance of survival. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, there are approximately 20,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. annually and of those women, 15,000 will die from the disease. So help us help doctors by informing friends, family, and co-workers of the symptoms they should be looking out for.

The Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly 
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often 

Why It Matters to Us

Having a family where cancer is the most familiar illness has never been easy so, regardless of the form of cancer, we feel the pain of both the patients and the friends and family members who have to go through the process of diagnosis and treatment.

A few years ago, Elizabeth was fortunate enough to meet and exceptional young female entrepreneur who started a company after she survived her own battle with ovarian cancer which began when she was just fourteen years old. Today, she has an online platform called TEAL, The Ever After Lady, that serves as a place for women who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses to chat with and support one another in a way that close friends and family just can't do. As this young woman said, "Your friends don't really know how to treat you or speak to you in order to help you through it and your family is just as afraid as you are. Sometimes family even makes it harder to feel better because you know their tears are a result of your diagnosis and all you really want is to make them happy". The TEAL logo was placed at the beginning of this post to bring an entrepreneurial spin on Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and not only show how you can help raise awareness and prevent a late diagnosis but also how you can help those already going through treatment.

Check out TEAL on Facebook