Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 24, 2011 7:57:20 AM PDT
Every year, bright pink lights illuminate the Chicago skyline in a tribute to raise awareness about breast cancer. This month, you may see teal lights around town.

That's because September is ovarian cancer awareness month, and teal represents that cause.

The statistics are troubling -- one in 58 women will be affected during her lifetime. Early detection is key to survival. Right now, there is no definitive test either.

Elizabeth Isham Cory, an ovarian cancer survivor and the board president of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and David Barley, the coalition's CEO joined us with information about ovarian cancer and how to detect it early.

Signs are subtle:
Pelvic, abdominal pain
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
Feeling the need to urinate

Other symptoms:
Upset stomach or heartburn
Back pain
Pain during sex
Constipation or menstrual changes

For more information about the Ilinois chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, please call 708-763-8477. You can also email them at illinois@ovarian.org