The Town of Smyrna is asking residents to put up teal bows to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer Month in September. Volunteers who want to help tie bows around town are asked to meet at the Town Hall Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but awareness is needed all year long! Help save lives through awareness and education.

The Town of Smyrna is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Turn The Town Teal (TTTT) in raising awareness for ovarian cancer again this year.

Town officials encourage residents to get involved in putting up bows. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Volunteers should meet at Town Hall, 27 S. Market Street Plaza. A representative from the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation will be present to kick off this event, as well as the Mayor John Embert and Gary Stulir, acting town manager. The bow project will last until about noon.

The bows displayed in town are a visible reminder to become aware of the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer. Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is critical and the ONLY defense against the disease since there is still no test for its detection. The ribbons will remain on display in town throughout the month of September.

Each year, more than 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the United States. All women are at risk, affecting 1 in 70 females of any age. According to the CDC, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Due to late diagnosis (less than 20 percent are diagnosed early) and a high recurrence rate (70-90 percent), the DE Ovarian Cancer Foundation funds research to develop an early diagnostic test for ovarian cancer.

"Turn The Town Teal" is coordinated by Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation Vice President Sally Oberle, who lost her sister Sidney to ovarian cancer and now leads this volunteer effort in her memory.