Rare Ovarian Cancer Inc’s (ROC Inc) beautiful Ovarian cancer Awareness Wings made the flight down to the @Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne recently.
Each feather features some of the more common symptoms of ovarian cancer to increase awareness. Over 75% of women are diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, where it has spread, making it difficult to treat. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and no real treatment for Granulosa Cell Tumours (GCT), a rare ovarian cancer.
While the more common types of ovarian cancer struggle with limited funding for research, rare types like GCT receive no government funding. ROC Inc is the only organisation in Australia raising money to fund GCT research.
It was wonderful to see world class GCT researchers Dr Simon Chu, Prof Peter Fuller, their team and so many researchers from the Hudson Institute getting their photo taken to help spread awareness across all social media platforms using the hashtag #RockforROC.
One post described the lack of research for GCT concluding “having to tell women and girls we don’t have the answers is not O.K!” ROC Inc Founder\CEO Tasha Armour knows only too well the feeling of being told there is no answers for GCT. Her daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile GCT at 16. Tasha created the Awareness Wings to help bring attention to the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The wings are aimed at creating positive awareness help improve the 45% survival rate.
We would like to thank everyone that has had their photo taken with the Awareness Wings and helped to spread awareness. If you can’t get in front of the Awareness Wings, you can share our social media Awareness wing from our website www.rocinc.org.au