Mark your diaries, World Ovarian Cancer Day is 8 May.

Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The disease is responsible for 140,000 deaths annually. Global statistics show that just 45 per cent of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared with 89 per cent of women with breast cancer. Women in developed and developing countries are similarly affected by ovarian cancer.

This year, for World Ovarian Cancer Day, Ovarian Cancer Australia is aiming to increase awareness of the link between the BRCA genetic mutation and ovarian cancer. BRCA mutations are estimated to be the cause of up to 20 per cent of all ovarian cancer diagnoses in Australia.

Only 14 per cent of Australians know there is a link between the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations and the occurrence of ovarian cancer.

The BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer from 1 per cent in the general population to 59 per cent (BRCA1) and around 17 per cent (BRCA2). These faulty BRCA genes can be inherited from the mother or father’s side, with a 50% chance that an individual with a BRCA mutation will pass this on to each of their children.

Learn more about the familial/hereditary risks of developing ovarian cancer.

This WOCD, we are encouraging women to know their family history of ovarian cancer and their genetic risk of developing the disease so they can speak with their GP and make more informed decisions when it comes to prevention and surveillance.

Read how BRCA testing gave Hazel Hedges, who has a family history of ovarian cancer, choices.

Ovarian Cancer Australia wants to achieve a 25 per cent drop in ovarian cancer incidence in Australia by 2025. Encouraging women to know their BRCA status so they can manage their cancer risk will help us reach this goal.

Show your support on World Ovarian Cancer Day

You can show your support for people globally who have been affected by the disease by wearing your teal ribbon and learn more about World Ovarian Cancer Day here. And please help us raise awareness of our WOCD campaign by registering to support our free WOCD Thunderclap – an automatic Tweet or Facebook post (your choice) – that will be shared at 8am on 8 May.

Help raise awareness within your networks

In addition to registering to support our Thunderclap yourself, we would appreciate it if you would help us to raise awareness within your social networks by sharing this registration link: in a tweet or Facebook post about our Thunderclap and encouraging your followers to register to support.