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Confederation Building turns teal

Ovarian cancer survivors, patients and supporters join in a dance after they lit the Confederation Building teal on Monday to recognize Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Ovarian cancer survivors, patients and supporters join in a dance after they lit the Confederation Building teal on Monday to recognize Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer survivors, patients and supporters gathered at the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Monday night to light the building teal in honour of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“Last year there was barely anything to show that September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,” activist Susan Glynn said. “I knew I had to change that this year.”

In just one short year, Glynn has brought together more than 1,000 members in her Facebook group, “Women of Hope,” which consists of people who are fighting, or who are affected by, ovarian cancer.

“Initial symptoms can be very vague,” said Dr. Patti Power, a gynecologic oncologist. “They can often be attributed to other things, like menopause or irritable bowel syndrome.”

“What’s vitally important is that women know what their risk is,” Power said. “You have to be aware if this type of cancer runs in your family.”

The Confederation Building will glow in teal for the remainder of the month.

“I’m very proud,” Glynn said. “Being able to drive by every day and see that colour is an accomplishment. I hope it gets people talking.”

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