February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
February is the month to find out more about Ovarian Cancer and find out how to take action and increase awareness.
More about Ovarian Cancer
Ovaries (about 2-4 centimetres) one on either side of the uterus, are small organs and are part of the female reproductive system. each ovary contains germ cells that turn into eggs. Ovaries produce progesterone and oestrogen that regulate menstruation.
Ovarian cancer are malignant tumours that start in one or both ovaries. There are three cell types epithelial cells, stream cells and germ cells. Any of these cells can turn into tumours
Ovarian Cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Australia . 1580 women are diagnosed each your nationally. With other cancers, early detection tests can be carried out. Ovarian cancer does not have an early detection test so it is very important to notice any changes or symptoms such as:
Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
Abdominal or pelvic lower tummy pain
Feeling full after eating a small amount
Needing to urinate often or urgently
How can you reduce your risks?
Be aware of your family history and get tested for ovarian cancer with your GP.
There are other ways to reduce your risk of getting ovarian cancer:
Removal of the ovaries or fallopian tubes
Using oral contraception
If you want a cause to fundraise for, consider putting time into fundraising and supporting the research efforts to find a way to treat ovarian cancer. 46% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will survive.
Take action by speaking further to your GP if you are unsure about your symptoms or make a difference by clicking on this link: https://ovariancancer.net.au/taking-action/