"One Australian woman will lose their battle with ovarian cancer every 11 hours. However, if diagnosed in the early stages most women will survive. There is no detection test so this is why it is so important for women to know the symptoms. That's why I'm an ambassador because I want to help get the message out there," Meshel Laurie said.
The most common symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, needing to urinate often and feeling full quickly. Other symptoms may include back pain and changes in bladder or bowel habits along with heavy fatigue, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, indigestion or nausea, pain on intercourse, and vaginal bleeding between periods or after menopause.
Paula Benson, ovarian cancer survivor and Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia stresses the importance of women knowing their own bodies and staying vigilant, "The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with other conditions but if women experience symptoms persistently for two weeks or more they should consult a doctor."
This year more than 1,200 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly, around 800 will die from the disease.
Nova's Meshel Laurie is also the national ambassador for Afternoon Teal™ Ovarian Cancer Australia's key fundraising initiative, and urges Australians to host an event to raise vital funds for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.
"Aussies love a good cuppa and considering almost half of us drink two to three cups of tea or coffee every day it's very easy for people to make their cuppa count this February. This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month I'm urging people to get involved by hosting an Afternoon Teal at home or work to play a central role in getting the message out to women in the community about the importance of being able to recognise the most common symptoms," Ms Laurie concluded.
Teal Ribbon Day is Wednesday 29th February. Wear a teal ribbon to show your support.
Teal Ribbons are available from the Ovarian Cancer Australia website www.ovariancancer.net.au, at participating Chemmart Chemist and Spotlight stores nationwide and Brazilian Butterfly salons across VIC, QLD & ACT.
For more information about Ovarian Cancer or to find out how you can host an Afternoon Teal™ visit: www.ovariancancer.net.au