A Jonesboro business spent Wednesday evening raising money and awareness for ovarian cancer.
Jagged Edge Salon, Spa and Boutique hosted a "Teal Toes" community event in support of the NEA Charitable Foundation's Hope Week.
Ovarian cancer, referred to as the "whispering killer", can often go undiagnosed until it's too late.
According to statistics through Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed after it has spread, bringing the five-year survival rate to 45%.
However, women diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher survival rate. Statistics state that women who are diagnosed at an early stage have a 93% survival rate.
Tammie Richardson with Jagged Edge says too often, women miss the warning signs for ovarian cancer.
Events like Teal Toes can help change all that though.
"It's kind of an unusual color so when you get your toes painted teal, people are like 'Hey! that's a different color,' and it opens up the conversation," Richardson said. "Then you can go into discussing the importance of making sure you look for symptoms, listening to your body."
Ovarian cancer symptoms include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see a doctor, preferably a gynecologist.
At Wednesday's event, people who made a donation to the NEA Charitable Foundation were able to get their toes painted teal.
Richardson said men often come in to get their toenails painted teal too.
"Usually, they have a story. Somebody they know has had it or just been diagnosed and they really want to get the awareness out there," Richardson said. "It shows you how important it is. It touches whole families, it's not just a women's issue."
Money raised through a silent auction and garage sale also went to the foundation.
Jagged Edge also raised money for tealtoes.org through a "guess the number of jelly beans" contest.
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