Australians are encouraged to ovary-act this February during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Mothers, daughters, wives and sisters are being urged to ovary-act this February to spread awareness about ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO Jane Hill urged Australians to raise awareness and funds to help Ovarian Cancer Australia deliver research and advocacy programs to save lives and support women impacted by this disease. 

“Each day, four Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die – that’s almost 100 women every month,” Ms Hill said.

“If found in its early stages, women have an 80% chance of being alive and well after five years.

“Unfortunately, 75% of women are diagnosed in advanced stages.

“Now is the time for Australians to ovary-act.

“This disease is taking our mothers, daughters, wives and sisters – it’s not going away.”

With no early detection test, a key focus for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is to educate Australians on the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer to increase chances of survival. Only half of the Australian population know there are signs of ovarian cancer to look for.

“There is no early detection test, so we’re calling on all Australians to ovary-act by knowing the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer,” Ms Hill said.

“Symptoms can include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, the need to urinate often or urgently and feeling full after eating only a small amount.

“If these symptoms are new and persistent for women, they should visit their doctor without delay.”

According to research from Ovarian Cancer Australia, ovarian cancer can also occur through a genetic predisposition to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

For Twitter Australia Managing Director and Ovarian Cancer Australia Board Member Suzy Nicoletti, losing her mother to ovarian cancer compelled her to ovary-act.

“I lost my mum to ovarian cancer; she was diagnosed quite late,” Ms Nicoletti said.

“Recently, I made the decision to undertake genetic testing to determine if my lifetime risk of ovarian cancer was increased due to a genetic predisposition to the disease.

“I want to be in a position where I can make informed choices about my health.

“It took more than a year for mum to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“To think that she visited doctor after doctor for more than a year and was misdiagnosed more times than I can count is incomprehensible, particularly in this day and age.

“By the time she was finally diagnosed, mum’s prognosis was not good – she was given a 20% chance of surviving more than five years.

“Looking back, I wish mum knew the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer; perhaps this would have enabled a more timely diagnosis.

“I implore all Australians to not let another Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month go by without ovary-action.

“Australians can ovary-act by learning the signs and symptoms and asking your family members about your family history of ovarian cancer.

“It may just save your life or the life of someone you love.”

Show your support

  1. Host a Paint the Town Teal fundraising event during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  2. Purchase and wear a teal ribbon for Teal Ribbon Day on Wednesday 27 February 2019.