"Shake Your Teal Feathers Walk"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- You might have seen teal ribbons in downtown Grand Rapids the past few days.
It's all a part of a new effort to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Saturday is the first-ever "Shake Your Teal Feathers Walk."
The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance hopes the walk will promote conversation and provide support to survivors.
Organizers say it's an important step to encourage early detection.
Fewer than 30 percent of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed early, when the disease is more treatable.
"About 70% of women are diagnosed at late stage disease. That means it is extended from the pelvic are to the abdominal area. Although it is responsive to chemotherapy, most women will succumb to the disease," says Dr. Ebony Hoskins, gynecologic oncologist with Mercy Health Saint Mary's.
The cancer walk starts at 9 AM at John Ball Park.