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Women bike the East Coast to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

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Amber Hill and Jess Terry recently rode their bikes through Myrtle Beach and into Georgetown on July 2. It's all part of a 2,400 mile journey they're taking this summer to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. The two women from Texas met just four months ago but soon clicked.

Amber Hill, 25, and Jessica Terry, 23, embarked on a 25 city trek up and down the East Coast on their bicycles. The "Bike. Camera. Action" tour started in late May when they flew to Maine and started out. Eventually they will end in Key West, Florida in August if they stick to the 50 miles a day plan.

Despite no family history, Hill's mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 and died four years later.

She had the idea for the bike campaign and Terry wanted to take part. While Terry doesn't have a personal connection to ovarian cancer, she says she's experienced her parents struggles with health problems.

The pair partnered with several organizations, including the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). The disease is the leading cause of death of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the U.S., according to the NOCC. The symptoms can be vague. The acronym "B-E-A-T" can be used to remember some of the most common symptoms: bloating, eating less and feeling fuller, abdominal pain, and trouble with the bladder. If these sound familiar, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor.


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