Ovarian cancer is the deadliest women’s cancer. This year in Australia more than 1,600 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and more than 1,000 women die from the disease.
It’s time for all Australians to know ovarian cancer, and to take action to change the story for future generations.
If women are diagnosed at an early stage, they have a 44% 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.
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.
Ovarian Cancer Australia urges all Australians to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, learn their family medical history, and start conversations about ovarian cancer with their friends, family and health professionals.