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Teal Is The Newest Fall Color

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and according to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 72 women in the United States will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. And one Lansing survivor is making it her mission to get people informed.

Lansing during the fall is filled with colors of all hues - oranges, reds and even yellows, but this month a new color graced the towns trees - teal. And lots of it. But why and from who? 

When Michigan native Colleen Westerman found out she had ovarian cancer she was devastated.

"My usual first reaction is anger. I was mad. I was mad that I didn't get in front of it. I had tried hard to do that and I failed," said Westerman.

"But what I came to learn was that I didn't really fail. I got it early and the treatments have been very good."

Colleen Westerman is a two-time survivor of Ovarian Cancer. A cancer that more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with each year. A cancer that kills 14,000 women yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But to Westerman, it's not just about her story she hopes to spread awareness.

"I know that there will be other women who have to go through the same awful thing I did, but I am hoping they catch it earlier, and their chances are better, and they don't have to go through as many treatments as I have had to do."

Soon enough the one-woman-army began turning the whole town teal. Tree after tree. All for the sake of awarness.

"If I can help one woman, I am happy. If I can help more that's great. But that's really my goal," said Westerman. "I would like to see so much teal in this city where people just drive by and think "wow, this is beautiful", and think "what does this mean?"

Orange, yellow, red and teal, bringing a new definition to the colors of fall.

Symptoms that women should consider as warning signs of Ovarian Cancer include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, or frequent or urgent urination. If you have these symptoms daily or several weeks, consult your gynecologist particularly if these symptoms are new or unusual.

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