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Ovarian cancer survivor ties teal ribbons across Mid-South to create awareness

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A group of Mid-South women are working to raise awareness to an often misdiagnosed Mid-South killer. A group of Mid-South women are working to raise awareness to an often misdiagnosed Mid-South killer.
Teal is the color for the Ovarian Cancer awareness foundation. Teal is the color for the Ovarian Cancer awareness foundation.

 (WMC-TV) - It is estimated that 22,000 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer this year and 16,000 will die. A group of Mid-South women are working to raise awareness to an often misdiagnosed Mid-South killer.

"It was actually my 23rd wedding anniversary when I was diagnosed," said 10-year ovarian cancer survivor Susan Moore. "I had six rounds of chemotherapy three weeks apart."

Now the retired nurse is on a mission to bring awareness to the disease by tying teal ribbons across the Mid-South. Teal is the color for the Ovarian Cancer awareness foundation. Many residents will find teal ribbons at the Collierville town square and Bartlett's city hall and Memorial Park.

"We are going to squeal teal this month," said Moore with a smile.

The symptoms of the disease are tricky

"The symptoms are bloating pelvic or abdominal pain feeling full after not eating very much and change in your bathroom habits," said Connie Scheel with the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and mayors in Memphis, Bartlett and Collierville have all made September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Like all cancers, early detection is key.

"If the disease is caught early in the first or second stage there is a great survival rate. Unfortunately most women are diagnosed at late stages," said Scheel.

There a 5K at Cancer Survivor Park in Memphis September 21 bringing more awareness. For ways to get involved or what to look out for, click here.

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