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A local ovarian cancer organization painted the town teal Saturday to kick off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The Rosemary O. Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation tied teal ribbons around trees in Courthouse Square in Warren and downtown Youngstown. Teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness.

More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and 11,000 to 14,000 die from it.

Erin Flanagan with the Rosemary O. Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation said with ovarian cancer there is typically no early detection.

“A misconception is that it is detected with a pap smear, but it’s not,” said Flanagan. “They’re trying to come up with a detection test because if it’s diagnosed in the early stages, one or two, there’s a 99 percent survival rate.”

The organization will host a number of events throughout the month. Sept. 6 is National Wear Teal Day.

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