February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the disease and its associated symptoms and Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, is urging women to be aware of the signs.
“It is imperative that all women know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and are able to recognise the warning signs if they occur,” Mr Crisp said.
“There is no detection test for ovarian cancer which is why it is so important for women to recognise the symptoms.
“More than 1,200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year in Australia – that’s three women a day. This is a startling and worrisome fact.”
The 4 types of ovarian cancer symptoms most frequently reported are:
1. Abdominal or pelvic pain
2. Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
3. Needing to urinate often or urgently
4. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
During February, Ovarian Cancer Australia invites the community, volunteers and friends to raise vital funds for support programs and resources for women and their families affected by ovarian cancer and for a national research program into the disease.
“2012 Teal Ribbon Day is Wednesday, 29 February, when Australians are encouraged to purchase and wear a teal ribbon to raise awareness of ovarian cancer,” Mr Crisp said.
“Show your support this February, buy a teal ribbon, host a morning tea, or simply talk about the symptoms of ovarian cancer with the women in your life.”
For more information visit www.ovariancancer.net.au or call 1300 660 334