National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - September
(Last Updated On: September 2, 2021)


In September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month increases awareness for this deadly disease. The day also unites those living with ovarian cancer, as well as survivors and their families.

Though ovarian cancer is on the decline, more than half of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die from the disease. Like other gynecologic cancers, ovarian cancer has no effective screening tool and often has no early symptoms. That’s why education, prevention, and awareness are the best ways to defeat this cancer. Increased research is also needed to improve early intervention. Symptoms include:

  • Persistent bloating
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling fuller sooner.
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the pelvic area

Several risk factors contribute to increased chances of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Like any risk factor, some of them we have control over and others we do not.

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • History of endometriosis
  • Age when mensuration begins
  • No pregnancies
  • Obesity

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month encourages everyone to become more informed about ovarian cancer.

HOW TO OBSERVE #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth

During September, take time to learn more about ovarian cancer. The ovarian cancer awareness campaign’s color is teal and September 23rd is also National Teal Talk Day. The observances encourage open and frank discussions about ovarian cancer.

  • Discuss the symptoms. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms.
  • Encourage the women in your life to maintain their routine exams.
  • Learn more about ovarian cancer.
  • Support organizations researching treatments, a cure, and advanced screening methods.
  • Support those who receive the diagnosis.
  • Share your story to help inform others.

Join the conversation by using #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth on social media.


In 2001, President George W. Bush proclaimed National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to be observed in September. Since then, an annual proclamation is issued from the White House.

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