Updated: September 10, 2020 03:09 PM
Created: September 09, 2020 08:24 PM
(ABC 6 News) - September is ovarian cancer awareness month and on Thursday night Mayo Clinic's Plummer Building will be going teal to raise awareness.
"We're so excited to add Rochester to the list of places that we are lighting up buildings and telling the cities about ovarian cancer," Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Board Chair Kristine Greer said.
The Plummer Building is taking part in the statewide campaign put on by MOCA, which looks to raise awareness by lighting state landmarks in teal. MOCA has done this for several years and some of the landmarks include Target Field, US Bank Stadium and the 35W bridge. This year, there will be 18 different locations participating in the campaign.
"As a survivor, it's a cancer that is underrecognized and underfunded," Greer said. "So, it means so much to me to see it receive state-wide attention and to get the word out there about this very difficult cancer."
Like most organizations nowadays, MOCA had to get creative and rework some of their events this month. On Saturday, Sept. 12, MOCA will host their HOM Teal Drive for Ovarian Cancer event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The proceeds of this event, and others scheduled this month, will go toward research, programs and support.
"There is no early detection test," Greer said. "Ovarian cancer research is drastically underfunded. That's why the money that MOCA raises for ovarian cancer research is so important."
According to Greer, about 400 women are diagnosed each year in Minnesota and 22,000 in the country each year.
"Approximately 15,000 women will lose their fight with ovarian cancer each year," Greer added. "We advise women to learn about the symptoms and go in if you have any of these symptoms that lasts for more than a few weeks."
More information on MOCA's event this month, as well as information on ovarian cancer, can be found here.
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