Rep. Ruth Briggs King will partner with Georgetown to create awareness about ovarian cancer by participating in the “Turn the Towns Teal” campaign in September.

She is asking for volunteers to also assist her and Georgetown Mayor Bill West in this effort Aug. 31.

As part of the Turns the Towns Teal campaign, and in coordination with the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Briggs King, West and their team of volunteers will tie teal-colored ribbons throughout the town’s jurisdiction at 10 a.m. Aug. 31. The first stop will be The Circle in Georgetown.

Briggs King and West invite any volunteers to meet them at the Town Hall on The Circle. The team will then begin hanging the ribbons on The Circle.

The biodegradable ribbons will coincide with September being National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The ribbons will remain displayed throughout the remainder of the month. Residents are also encouraged to tie a teal ribbon on their mailboxes and signposts on their property to show support for the awareness campaign.

There is no test for ovarian cancer, so knowledge of the symptoms is crucial. The symptoms are vague and, if the following persist for more than two weeks, they should be discussed with a physician: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, urinary symptoms — frequency or urgency. Women are at risk, affecting one in 70 females of any age, according to an Aug. 7 press release. Less than 20 percent are diagnosed early, and the recurrence rate is 70-90 percent.

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