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October is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and local organizations are taking part in a national campaign to paint the town teal.

The Warren Women's Junior League put teal ribbons up around Trumbull's Court House Square.

Erin Flanagan and members of The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation were also putting up teal ribbons and signs. They are taking part in a national campaign to bring attention to signs of Ovarian Cancer.

Erin's mother lost her battle with the disease, but not before beginning a legacy of love intended to help others. For the last three years, her family, friends and ovarian cancer survivors continue educating others so they may survive the potentially deadly disease.

"My mom started this foundation in the fall of 2011," Flanagan said. "She passed away from the disease in 2012 and we continue on with it."

Flanagan adds that ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a urinary tract infection or anxiety. She also emphasized that a pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer.

Signs of ovarian cancer include bloating, back pain, fatigue, eating less and feeling fuller.

"If those symptoms persist for more than two weeks you should get checked," Flanagan said.

If detected early before the cancer has spread outside the ovaries, the five year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. For more information on symptoms log on to rmfocf.org

September 5th is wear teal day, and tell one person why.

Yoga for a Cure, at Studio Oxygen in Canfield, will be held on September 14th at 4:00 p.m.

A "Teal-Tini" Cocktail Party will be held on September 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Michael Alberini's. To RSVP, visit www.rmfocf.org



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