OUR VIEW: A teal-draped Bristol provides timely reminder

Published on Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:02
Written by staff

It’s once again September, a month that brings the start of the school year and a calendar filled with festivals and fairs.

But, for Bristol resident Judy Lodovico, it means just one thing: September is ovarian cancer awareness month.

One in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime and two-thirds of them won’t survive. That’s because ovarian cancer is much harder to detect than other cancers. Most women don’t learn that they are sick until it’s too late.

Fortunately, Lodovico, who was diagnosed 15 years ago, won her battle with the disease and has made it her mission to alert others to this silent killer.

Each September, she and a growing army of volunteers “turn the town teal” to get her important message across.

That is: Learn the symptoms, as outlined in a special section of Sunday’s newspaper.

And, if anything looks unusual, don’t delay in seeing a doctor.

With early detection, the odds are in a woman’s favor; in fact, there’s a five-year survival rate of 92 percent. The key, then, doctors say, is to raise awareness as Lodovico is doing, and take an active role in our own health management.

And, if we need a reminder, all we have to do is travel the streets of Bristol where Lodovico and her supporters are tying bright blue ribbons on banks, shops and even fence posts – a reminder to all of us that early detection can save a life.

Maybe even the life of someone you love.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:02. Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:05.