Wednesday, February 25, 2009

did you know...

that February is Ovarian Cancer Australia's Awareness Month?? or that today is Australia's first Teal Ribbon Day - the international colour for ovarian cancer???

According to the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia:

"Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cause of death in Australian women and I commend Ovarian Cancer Australia for introducing Awareness Month and for the work it undertakes in helping women with information, education and access to support groups"

Every year more than 1500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 850 will die. Unfortunately most women are not diagnosed until the disease has spread which is why it is important to know the symptoms.

Karen Livingstone, CEO, Ovarian Cancer Australia, said, "Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer because this disease is often misdiagnosed, as symptoms are similar to less serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or those associated with menopause."

The most common four symptoms, which women with ovarian cancer experience frequently and persistently, are pelvic and abdominal pain, increased abdominal size/persistent bloating, urinary frequency, and difficulty eating and feeling full quickly."

in memory of all the sisters that have died... and those that have survived....


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