February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
In Australia over 1510 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
Only 46% survive ovarian cancer. While progress has been made in awareness and research there is still so much, we need to do.
It is time to put ovarian cancer in the spotlight and raise funds and awareness. Think teal.
Unfortunately, there is no early detection tests for ovarian cancer, so all women need to be aware of the common symptoms:
- Abdominal bloating or increased abdominal size
- Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy)
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
- Needing to urinate often or urgently
Other symptoms may include: changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight gain or loss, excessive fatigue, lower back pain, indigestion or nausea, bleeding after menopause or in-between periods, and pain during sex or bleeding after.
These symptoms can be caused by other less serious medical conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, which are persistent and troublesome, book an appointment to discuss with your doctor.