Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer Australia has released a new short video to help women be aware of symptoms that could be ovarian cancer, and the importance of seeing their doctor if they find a change that's unusual for them and does not go away. We hope you will post the video on your channels to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and potentially save lives.

In 2019, it is estimated that ovarian cancer will remain the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer among females in Australia.

In 2015, there were 1,365 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in Australia. In 2019, it is estimated that 1,510 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in Australia. In 2019, it is estimated that the risk of a female being diagnosed with ovarian cancer by her 85th birthday will be 1 in 84.

In 2016, ovarian cancer was the 6th leading cause of cancer death among females in Australia. In 2019, it is estimated that it will remain the 6th most common cause of death from cancer among females.

Women are encouraged to share the video on social media with the women in their lives

What can you do?

It's important to know your own body and be aware of the symptoms of the disease, as there is no screening test for ovarian cancer.

A Cervical Screening Test does not detect ovarian cancer - it is designed to screen for cervical cancer.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague and similar to other common conditions.

If you experience any of the symptoms, especially if they are unusual for you or persistent, it's important to see your doctor to be sure.

If you are concerned about your family history of breast or ovarian cancer, your doctor can assess your risk.

What are the symptoms?

• Abdominal bloating or increased abdominal size
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Appetite loss, feeling full quickly or indigestion
• Urinary changes such as frequency or urgency
• Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
• Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
• Unexplained fatigue