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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and experts are hoping that if more women get educated about the disease, the number of deaths it causes each year will fall.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are reported each year, and the disease causes roughly 14,000 deaths annually. It is the ninth most common cancer in women (except for skin cancer) and ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. It is more common in white women than in minorities.

One way that advocates are hoping to raise awareness about the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer is through the use of teal ribbons.

Just like breast cancer's signature color is pink, teal is quickly being recognized as the "color" for ovarian cancer research and awareness.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is sponsoring events this month, such as Wear Teal days and appearances on television shows such as The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television.

Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer can masquerade as many other ailments, and not appear until later stages, advocates are especially concerned about educating women on what to be on the lookout for.

Symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, or urinary urgency or frequency.

There is no diagnostic tool specific to ovarian cancer.
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