Being aware of the signs of ovarian cancer, to save lives.
As ovarian cancer awareness month of February is approaching, it’s a good time to brush up on the facts and signs of this disease.
Do you know the signs and symptoms?
The symptoms are often subtle or mistaken for other ailments.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed in nearly a quarter of million girls to women around the world. 150,000 plus deaths are caused by ovarian cancer every year. Making it the deadliest of all gynaelogical cancers.
There is no early detection test for Ovarian cancer, girls to women need to be aware of their bodies and the symptoms in order to detect ovarian cancer early. It’s up to us to be ware and make sure all around us are aware of the signs and symptoms.
It is important to be aware of any symptoms that are new, frequent, persistent and out of the ordinary for your body. Learn to pay attention to your body and discuss any abnormal changes with a GP. If a symptom(s) persist more than two weeks make an appointment with your Doctor!
If diagnosed in early stages, there is a greater chance of survival but sadly over 75% of females are diagnosed at advanced stage, when the cancer has spread and it is difficult to treat. This is mainly due to no early detection test and women not recognising the symptoms.
Sharing the symptoms and talking about them with friends and family could save a life.
Each Sunday we are going to highlight ovarian cancer symptoms in the hope that this knowledge will help improve the current survival rate of 45%.
Do you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
- Unexplained changes in bowel habits
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Menstrual changes
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
- Unexplained fatigue
The beautiful Ovarian cancer Awareness Wings are one way you can share the symptoms on your all your social media and help spread the awareness, you can find them on our website www.rocinc.org.au