Ovarian cancer awareness effort to turn Sussex towns teal

SUSSEX COUNTY – Georgetown and Millsboro will turn the towns teal for the month of September to promote greater awareness of ovarian cancer – the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers.

“Turn the Towns Teal” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness of what has often been referred to as a “silent disease” because ovarian cancer’s symptoms are typically vague and subtle.  There is no reliable diagnostic screening for ovarian cancer, thus the need for awareness of the known symptoms is so important.

The biodegradable ribbons will coincide with National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September. Teal ribbons will remain displayed throughout the remainder of the month.

Residents are also encouraged to tie a teal ribbon on their mailboxes and sign posts on their property to show support for the awareness campaign.

Volunteer bow pin-up campaigns are scheduled in both towns.


State Rep. Ruth Briggs King for a fifth year will team up with the town of Georgetown to display teal-colored ribbons to “Turn the Town Teal” on Friday, Aug. 31.

Volunteers are needed to help assist Rep. Briggs King and Georgetown Mayor Bill West in this effort.

In coordination with the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Rep. Briggs King, Mayor West and volunteers will tie teal-colored ribbons throughout the town’s jurisdiction, starting at approximately 10 a.m. Aug. 31.

The first stop will be The Circle in Georgetown.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Town Hall on The Circle.


Community volunteers are sought to assist in the “pin up” of teal bows in Millsboro on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.

At 10 a.m., volunteers are to meet with Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation vice president Sally Oberle and her husband in front of the Millsboro Town Center, located at 322 Wilson Highway. There, bows and tie-wraps will be handed out for the two-hour pin-up session.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear teal-colored clothing, if possible.

In addition, there will be ovarian cancer brochures and materials for volunteers and merchants, so they learn the significance of the teal bows and can share with patrons, friends and family.

For more information, visit the website: www.deovariancancer.org.

About ovarian cancer

Because there is still no test for ovarian cancer, knowledge of the vague symptoms is crucial.  The symptoms are vague and, if the following persist for more than two weeks, they should be discussed with a physician: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, urinary symptoms (frequency or urgency). Because they mimic other conditions, they are extremely difficult to diagnose.

If detected in the early stages, the reported five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is over 90 percent.

All women are at risk, affecting 1 in 70 females of any age. Due to late diagnoses (less than 20 percent are diagnosed early) and a high recurrence rate (70-90 percent), it is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers.

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