Teal Talk Day: Local organization gets national holiday for ovarian cancer awareness

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A local nonprofit organization that is raising global awareness is encouraging people to talk about a silent disease that affects nearly 250,000 women around the world.

A local nonprofit organization that is raising global awareness is encouraging people to talk about a silent disease that affects nearly 250,000 women around the world each year.

Ovarcome is in its fifth year and was founded by Runsi Sen, whose passion about ovarian cancer awareness comes from personal experience.

"My mom was an amazingly beautiful woman. We had a connection of lifetimes," Sen said. "She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2008. We fought against her cancer for almost one year, but there was no chance for us to win."

Ovarcome has established itself as an organization that has helped hundreds of women around the world overcome a disease that has caused more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer.

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
  • Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)

  • Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

  • Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently


Currently, screening is not available with with hundreds of thousands of women succumbing to the disease each year, awareness is best.

Sen said early detection leads to more than a 93 percent five-year survival rate, but unfortunately, more than 75 percent of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage because of the lack of screening.

"We are working tirelessly to change that statistic," Sen said.

With Sen's efforts, Ovarcome now has an official national day.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared Teal Talk day to be observed each year on Sept. 23 to encourage everyone to be vocal about a silent disease. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also proclaimed the day to be Ovarcome Teal Talk Day.

Share your stories as a survivor, caregiver, family member or friend by using #TealTalkDay on social media.

To learn more about ovarian cancer and Ovarcome, visit ovarcome.org.

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