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It’s time for Ovary-Action

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held annually in February to raise awareness of Ovarian cancer and to acknowledge and support women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their loved ones who are also affected.

The facts:

  • Ovarian cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin)
  • It is the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer
  • Over 1,510 women in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer remains at just 46%, compared to diseases like breast cancer which has a 91% survival rate
  • Ovarian cancer is more commonly diagnosed in women over 50

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.

Signs & symptoms

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal or pelvis pain
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently

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.

To find out more about ovarian cancer or to donate towards the cause visit:

To book an appointment with a GP to discuss your ovarian cancer risk visit our bookings page here