Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all women’s cancers. Each year in Australia approximately 1550 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1200 women die from the disease.
There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer so the best way of detecting the disease is to know and recognise the signs and symptoms. Ovarian cancer cannot be detected by a pap test or cervical smear.
If women are diagnosed at an early stage, they have an 80% chance of being alive and well within five years of diagnosis. However, approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.
This February, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we are urging Australians to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer through #KnowAskAct [hyperlink to [hyperlink to https://ovariancancer.net.au/ovarian-cancer-awareness-month/].
KNOW the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
ASK for help if you have symptoms or ask others if they know the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
ACT by hosting an Afternoon Teal or donating so we can continue to support women with ovarian cancer.
This year we will be hosting a number of campaigns to raise awareness of ovarian cancer to accelerate early diagnosis and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.