Ovarian cancer symptoms and prevention still misunderstood

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:

  • Teal Ribbon Day ovarian cancerover 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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