Center opens to help overcome ovarian cancer
A new center has opened in the city to help women and their families overcome ovarian cancer.
TEAL, or Tell Every Amazing Lady, has opened its first center in Brooklyn on 16th Street. The center's goal is to spread awareness about ovarian cancer and to let people know that one in 70 women are diagnosed with the disease.
Pamela Esposito-Amery, who co-founded TEAL, lost her 45-year-old sister, Louisa, to ovarian cancer. Esposito-Amery says the center is tribute to her sister and survivors.
"They can converse with each other about experiences they've had, learn from each other," says Esposito-Amery. "So now, we can bring them together, and not only the women."
She says the center is a place where people can learn more about ovarian cancer, which can be difficult to diagnose.
Symptoms can include pelvic, abdominal and back pain. Frequent urination and bloating are also symptoms.
Doctors say women should seek help if they experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks.
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the annual TEAL walk in Brooklyn next month.