BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - You may be seeing a lot more of the color teal during the month of September. Teal is the color of gynecologic (GYN) cancer awareness and a Birmingham organization is leading the effort to raise awareness about these diseases statewide.
GYN cancers include ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers. Cervical cancer is the only form of GYN cancer that has an early detection test. Alabama is in the top five in the United States for cervical and ovarian cancer deaths, which is why research in these fields is critical to saving lives.
"The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation is proud to sponsor A State of Teal this year which focuses on one important area of our mission of spreading awareness," said Jim Crandall, founder of the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation.
The nonprofit, founded in 2009, has a mission to provide funding in support of research in the early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer. It is named after Jim's daughter, Laura Crandall Brown, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 25.
The State of Teal includes many businesses and landmarks lighting up in teal, including Birmingham City Hall and the state capital building in Montgomery. This year, the historic downtown Birmingham train underpasses will also be lit up in teal starting September 6. Last year over 110 landmarks and 40 municipalies participated in the campaign. For a complete list of the participants, visit the website www.astateofteal.org
The month kicks off with a SPIRIT night at Newk's Eatery locations in Birmingham, where a portion of the night's proceeds will benefit GYN cancer awareness. Visit any location between 4 p.m. and closing on Thursday, September 1 to show your support. The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation is planning a special Facebook live broadcast from the Hoover/Riverchase location at 7 p.m.
"I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy great food and fellowship with survivors and families who have been touched by these diseases," said Crandall.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about symptoms, which can sometimes be hard to detect. Symptoms can include pelvic pain or pressure, abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge or changes in bathroom habits. If you experience persistent symptoms for two weeks or longer that are abnormal for your body, talk to your doctor.
"This campaign is truly reaching out across the state to bring to light the importance of awareness of all GYN cancer symptoms during September," said Crandall.
For more information about the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation, visit www.thinkoflaura.org