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Gai Brodtmann on Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, was the official Master of Ceremonies at the launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Sydney.

At a major launch involving key stakeholders, Ovarian Cancer Australia members, medical professionals and ovarian cancer survivors, Ms Brodtmann said she was very proud to be an Ovarian Cancer Australia Ambassador and officiate at the launch Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“It is a great honour to be the ACT Ovarian Cancer Australia Ambassador and to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer in Australia,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Tragically, in Australia almost 1300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, so as part of this awareness month, we are launching the “Don’t Ignore the Big Four” campaign, aimed at urging women across Australia to learn the four key symptoms of ovarian cancer,” Ms Brodtmann said.

The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently
  • Feeling full quickly after eating a small amount

“Today is also an opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping to raise awareness of this terrible disease.  I urge all women to be aware of the symptoms to seek medical advice and Don’t Ignore the Big Four,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Ovarian Cancer Australia plays an important role in raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms, supporting and informing those personally affected by ovarian cancer, advocating for the needs of women and supporting the research effort to address the many challenges that ovarian cancer faces.

“Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is about working together to reduce the impact of ovarian cancer on the lives of Australian women, their families and communities,” Ms Brodtmann said.

To learn more about ovarian cancer in Australia and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, go to: