Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
In Australia, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. It could be you, your friend, your partner, your sister, your mum, your gran or your daughter.
There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and the Pap test does not detect the disease.
Each year in Australia around 1400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1000 will die from the disease.*
Approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.
At the moment, only 43% of women with ovarian cancer will be alive five years later.
But if ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, women have an 80% chance of being alive and well after five years.
More women need to be diagnosed at an early stage when ovarian cancer is very treatable. And that is why everyone needs to know more about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
* Source: ’Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview’ report developed by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare and Cancer Australia, September 2012.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – February
Each year in February Ovarian Cancer Australia runs a national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month campaign to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to honour those women who have died from the disease, and to raise funds for our programs. Keep an eye on our website and social media to find out what’s planned for 2015.
Teal Ribbon Day takes place on Wednesday, 24 February in 2016.