I am a 13-year-old girl writing to you to address some views I have on September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. My grandmother, Judy, was a 17-year ovarian cancer survivor in May. She passed away in July, but when it came to the month of September, which is for recognition of ovarian cancer, I noticed that there was no acknowledgement in the paper at all.
The first Friday of September is National Wear Teal Day to increase awareness. These are both important for reminding people of ovarian cancer, and who has survived, and who hasn’t. While it’s true that breast cancer is more common than ovarian cancer, did you know that ovarian cancer is three times as lethal? It’s much more difficult to diagnose and treat, which is why more women die from it. I have seen a severe lack of awareness for this and hope that by next September, there will be more recognition for this disease.