#Know Ask Act

This World Ovarian Cancer Day (8 May), which is also Mother’s Day, Ovarian Cancer Australia is urging women to #KnowAskAct: know the symptoms, the genetic risks, statistics, other women’s stories, and how you can help; ask if you have a family history of the disease, your doctor about your risk, testing and symptoms; and act on your family history, doctor’s diagnosis, or genetic test results by sharing information to empower the next generation of women – and by donating.


With no screening test for ovarian cancer, it’s important for women to know their family history, and to know the signs and of this deadly disease.

With no early detection test for ovarian cancer, knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease is crucial to assist in detecting it. There are four symptoms most commonly associated with the disease.

4 symptoms of ovarian cancer

You can find out more about genetic risks of ovarian cancer here.

In the lead-up to World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day on May 8, former Olympian Nicole Livingstone penned this letter to her 16-year-old self on behalf of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

In it she highlights her personal connection with ovarian cancer – the loss, as a 30-year-old, of her Mum Elsie – and the signs, symptoms and awareness of her family history that have empowered her to take control over her own health, and educate her children to #KnowAskAct in the future.

Read the letter here


By asking a family member about any history of ovarian or breast cancer, on both your mother and father’s sides, you can find out if you could be at risk of developing the disease due to a family history. Almost 20 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer carry one or both of the BRCA mutations. Women carrying the BRCA1 gene mutation have up to a 59 per cent increased risk of developing the disease and those carrying the BRCA2 mutation up to an 18 per cent increase. Find out more about the genetic risks of ovarian cancer here.


If women find out that they have a family history of ovarian cancer, they should talk to their GP about assessing their risk. Their GP may then discuss the possibility and implications of genetic testing and refer them to a Familial Cancer Centre if appropriate. It’s important to note that women who test positive for the BRCA gene mutation will not necessarily develop ovarian cancer, but will have an increased risk of developing the disease later in life.

Knowing your family history will help you make decisions about which steps to take, one of which may include the possibility of preventative surgery.

Of the 1,480 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia every year only 43% will survive five years post-diagnosis. Ovarian Cancer Australia works to raise awareness, provide support, advocate on behalf of women living with the disease, facilitate high-impact research and empower women to #KnowAskAct.

We need your help today to support women affected by ovarian cancer.

$300 will contribute to high-impact research conducted in the area of ovarian cancer

$150 will send a woman with ovarian cancer to a free information session

$100 will provide support and information via our online forum

$55 will provide a newly diagnosed woman with a Resilience Kit, a free guide for women living with ovarian cancer.

Know Ovarian Cancer

This February, Ovarian Cancer Australia urged Australians to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, know their family history and know how to help through our Know Ovarian Cancer campaign. Only 43% of the almost 1,500 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year will survive. With no early detection test, it is so important that women know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and their family history.


Afternoon Teal Campaign

Ovarian Cancer Australia is asking you to join us in our efforts to raise awareness and funds to support women with ovarian cancer by hosting an Afternoon Teal this February.

Get your friends together for some sweet treats and great company to raise funds and share the symptoms and signs that all women should know about – your cake, cuppa, conversation and donations may just save a life.

Share your event using #afternoonteal #knowovariancancer and #ovariancanceroz and let us know what you’re doing!

For more information click here.