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February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, 1 February 2013

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This is a time when Ovarian Cancer Australia invites the community, volunteers and friends to raise vital funds for support programs and resources for women and their families affected by ovarian cancer, and for a national research program for ovarian cancer.

 

  • There is no detection test for ovarian cancer - contrary to popular belief the Pap smear does not detect the disease
  • Each year in Australia almost 1300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer - that is three women every day
  • Each year more than 800 Australian women will lose their battle with ovarian cancer
  • 1 in 79 Australian women will develop ovarian cancer by the age of 85
  • The average age at diagnosis is 64
  • The outcomes for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are generally poor, as 70% of women are diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced stage

It is important for women to learn the symtoms of ovarian concer. For more information and to find out more about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month follow this link

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