Ovarian cancer awareness in Colorado Springs
People all across the country are wearing teal to helping to raise awareness to an illness that effects hundreds of woman every year in Colorado. Specifically, in Colorado Springs, the group of women effected, are under served.
"Cancer was the last thing on my mind," said Cheri Corbit.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly 5 years ago.
"I kind of ignored some of the signs and symptoms that later, I found out were there that i didn't recognize," said Corbit.
Cheri was diagnosed in 2013, had surgery and 6 rounds of chemo treatment, just to do it all again three years later, but there is some good news.
"I made up my mind that I didn't know about this and that was a shame and I didn't want anyone to let this happen to them," she said.
Cheri has been in remission for about 10 months and is helping other women going through the same thing she did.
"I was like no, I'm going to get out there and start educating women
330 Colorado women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. More than 80 percent of those diagnoses are late stage. This is where the Sue DiNapoli Ovarian Cancer Society falls into play.
"There is only one doctor that treats women with gynecological cancers in all of southern Colorado," said Executive Director Sue Guyton. "We're helping women all the way as far down as Durango."
Her organization is helping women find the with resources they need, support from volunteers also effected by ovarian cancer and even financial aid to pay for medical expenses.
"We believe that every woman deserves her best chance at survival regardless of her economic situation," said Guyton.
So the number of women not only in Colorado diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but across the country, decreases significantly.
If you're looking to get involved, there are several events happening throughout the month of September listed below:
- September 1: National Wear Teal Day.
- September 16: Fallen Heroes Tattoo-a-thon
- September 17: Be Ovary Aware 5k Run and 3k Walk
Visit BeOvaryAware.org for more information and resources about ovarian cancer.