In her lifetime, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Her chance of getting ovarian cancer is 1 in 78. With no screening tests for ovarian cancer, by the time most women are diagnosed, they have stage III or IV cancer with 5-year survival rates of less than 39% and 17%. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Breast cancer’s color PINK is everywhere helping to raise awareness about the disease. Ovarian cancer’s color is TEAL, which is virtually nowhere to be found. If I asked the next ten women I meet what the symptoms of ovarian cancer are, I would be surprised if any could tell me. I would also be surprised if the next ten people working in the medical field could tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer. This MUST change!
TEAL on WHEELS will encompass my mission of spreading ovarian cancer awareness across the United States. I plan to make this ride solo—just me, my bike, and my message.