Teal Ribbon Day is being held today in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. And with good reason. The statistics are pretty scary.
Research says that:
- over a quarter of Australians know someone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer
- only half of Australians know that ovarian cancer exhibits symptoms
- ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer
- only 43% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be alive 5 years after diagnosis compared with 89% for breast cancer
- just over half of Australians still wrongly believe that the Pap smear can be used to detect ovarian cancer
- around one-third of Australians incorrectly believe that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine protects against ovarian cancer
This Teal Ribbon Day Ovarian Cancer Australia is raising awareness of the 4 key symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- abdominal or pelvic pain
- increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
- the need to urinate often or urgently
- feeling full after eating a small amount
Please go to Ovarian Cancer Australia for more details and for resources for patients.
Amanda – Founder My Health Career
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