Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held each February to raise awareness and educate Australians about the disease.
Do you know that more than 1200 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Australia? Unfortunately, the main risk factor of contracting ovarian cancer is ageing, with over 80 percent of women diagnosed being over the age of 50. Having said that, ovarian cancer can occur at any age.
As ovarian cancer often has little or no symptoms in the early stages, it often goes undetected until it has spread to the pelvis or the stomach. With that in mind, this form of cancer can be more difficult to treat and can, in turn, prove to be fatal.
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Awareness is key with any type of cancer and knowing what signs and symptoms to look for can be vital in early prevention and treatment.
Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, generally report four types of symptoms most frequently;
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Increased abdominal pain or persistent abdominal bloating
- Needing to urinate often or urgently
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, they are new for you and are happening multiple times during a 4 week period, then it may be a good idea to consult a medical professional.
There is no test currently available for the early detection of Ovarian Cancer. You can keep informed at Ovarian Cancer Australia.