Teal IS The Color For Ovarian Cancer

Two days ago I wrote a column about how I thought that the official color of Ovarian Cancer should be Hunter Green. Since that time I have received many emails about the "Official Ribbon Color" being teal.

How is it that Sue and I, both survivors of cancer, did not know that the color is teal?

How many other survivors of Ovarian Cancer do not know that the ribbon color is teal?

Why is Ovarian Cancer a mystery to the women and their families of America until they are diagnosed with this dreadful and horrible disease? How many myths are floating around?

I even called my own mother on the phone to ask her, as she is a 17-year survivor of Ovarian Cancer to ask her if she knew what the color of the ribbon is. She had no clue. Neither did her best friend, Sharon, a 23- year survivor. They had no idea because there are no commercials on the television for Ovarian Cancer. Not even at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (which I attended for my treatments) was I informed of the color of the ribbon. I called Irene, my counselor, and informed her.

Now that I know that the color of the ribbon for Ovarian Cancer is teal, I shall yell it from the top of the building where I live. I shall make a banner and drape it across the building as well. I shall support the color teal and sing its praises to every Ovarian Cancer patient and survivor I know. I shall tell all my friends and family members.

Chicago is one large city, so if I can make flyers and take them to all the cancer centers in this city, I can spread the word to many an Ovarian Cancer patient to give them hope that they can survive. They can beat this illness. They can have a color to call their own.

If word passes through the major and smaller cities of America then all Ovarian Cancer patients, survivors, and the women of America can be educated to this disease. It will no longer be a mystery and people can be educated about the dangers. The yearly pap can be, instead of dreaded, taken more seriously.

So pass it on to your loved ones and friends. Pass it on to your co-workers. Knowledge of ovarian cancer can be passed on by word of mouth. Educate yourself on WebMD. Use my favorite website, Medline Plus: Medical Encyclopedia.

If you belong to a women's group, sign yourself up as a speaker and inform your group about Ovarian Cancer. Make up flyers with the key points, such as what to look for. Go to the hobby store, get teal ribbons and make teal ribbons like the pink ribbons for breast cancer and pass them out.

Act now! The life you save, maybe your own!

Published on August 2, 2006 in