Every day in Australia, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die from the disease. Consequently, there’s an estimated 1510 Australian women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, while 1046 women will die from the disease. That equates to a shocking one woman dying from ovarian cancer every eight hours. The overall five-year survival rate in Australia for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 46 per cent with a recurrence of 75 per cent.
It’s time for ovary action. Throughout the month of February, Ovarian Cancer Australia strives to educate Australians about ovarian cancer through Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. They focus on raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and by sharing the journeys of women affected by the disease. It’s also key in highlighting the risk factors for ovarian cancer and educating Australians on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.
With a staggering one in 79 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you can help by joining the teal tribe. Coinciding with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is Teal Ribbon Day. It’s held annually on the last Wednesday in February – this year it lands on Wednesday, February 24. It’s a day to visually show your support to Australians affected by ovarian cancer, honour those we have lost and raise awareness of this deadly disease to change the story for future generations. Stop by a TerryWhite Chemist in February to add some teal to your day by purchasing Ovarian Cancer Australia merchandise, including ribbons, pens and bracelets. Last year, Ovarian Cancer Australia held a Giving Day and raised an astounding $467,295 for specialist ovarian cancer nurses in order to deliver specialised support and advice to women living with ovarian cancer.
In most cases the cancer will be diagnosed at an advanced stage, where it is very difficult to treat. That is why Ovarian Cancer Australia is committed to ensuring that every Australian knows more about ovarian cancer and its early symptoms. They need your support to help them achieve this goal.
To find out more, visit www.ovariancancer.net.au