Local nonprofit Ovarian Cancer Together will be decorating trees in Richland and West Richland with teal ribbons on Saturday to mark the start of ovarian cancer awareness month.
Members of the group and volunteers will tie ribbons to trees along Van Giesen Street in West Richland and at John Dam Plaza in Richland.
About one in 70 women is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime, but only 17 percent are diagnosed when the disease is in early stages and is curable, a news release said.
Most women are diagnosed at later stages and only about 30 percent survive for five years. About two-thirds of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die of the disease, the news release said.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, pelvic pain, digestive or urinary irregularity, weight gain and fatigue. Women experiencing these symptoms for more than two weeks are encouraged to consult a doctor and ask for a CA125 blood test and transvaginal ultrasound, the news release said.
Ovarian cancer is not detected by a pap smear.
For more information about the tree decorating event or to buy ribbon packs to decorate your own yard, go to www.ovariancancertogether.org or email founder Kay Kerbyson at firstname.lastname@example.org.