This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month sees the launch of the ‘Don’t Ignore the Big Four’ campaign – after new research by Ovarian Cancer Australia reveals only 31% of women feel confident they could identify one of the main symptoms of ovarian cancer compared to nearly 90% for breast cancer.
The campaign, supported by celebrities and ovarian cancer survivors, urges women not to ignore the main symptoms of the disease. The need for education is paramount after research also reports only 8% of women are concerned about ovarian cancer despite one woman losing her life to the disease every 11 hours.
The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
• Needing to urinate often or urgently
• Feeling full quickly after eating a small amount
“There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. Contrary to popular belief, the Pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer. It is imperative for women of all ages to know the symptoms to look out for. If the symptoms are new and women experience them for two weeks or more they should consult a doctor,” says Alison Amos, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia.
TV personality and Ovarian Cancer Australia ambassador, Kate Ritchie says, "I was shocked to learn that every year 1,300 Australian women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and more than 800 women will lose their battle with the disease.2,3 I became an ambassador because those statistics prove how important it is to get this message out to women everywhere"
Nova radio presenter, TV personality and Ovarian Cancer Australia ambassador, Meshel Laurie features in the campaign launch video and urges women to get behind the campaign,
“It is important that we understand what the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are. So women, listen to your bodies and Don’t Ignore the Big Four!”
Other ways to show support during the month:
• Host an Afternoon TealTM, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s key fundraising initiative, to raise vital funds for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.
• Wear a Teal Ribbon* on Teal Ribbon Day (Wednesday 27 February)
• Make a donation at www.ovariancancer.net.au or call 1300 660 334.