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Rochester turns teal to raise awareness for ovarian cancer

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Jackie Rau, left, and Jean Wagner hang a teal ribbon to raise ovarian cancer awareness with Women of sTEAL on Saturday at Rochester Community and Technical. "As a survivor, when I first saw them two years ago I was like, ' Oh my gosh we have some recognition out there. We might even save a life,'" Wagner said. "You never think it's going to happen to you," Rau added. Ovarian cancer is the most aggressive type of gynecological cancers.

Jean Wagner, 69, of Rochester, wants other women diagnosed with ovarian cancer to be just like her; long-term survivors.

When ovarian cancer gets diagnosed it is often at a stage when the prognosis is poor.But Wagner and others participating in a September "Turn the Towns Teal" effort want to raise awareness and save lives. They tied ribbons, with landowner and city permission, all over Rochester to raise awareness.

On Sunday, Wagner placed teal-colored ribbons with the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

"I feel like it's a privilege to be able to do that…I'm alive," she said.

Ovarian cancer symptoms start "very subtle" but include : Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full quickly, difficulty eating and urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency.


You can survive ovarian cancer, Wagner said. These days, there's even the option of "maintenance chemo" for those who can not be cured.

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