Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2013

Today we are wearing two ribbons to mark the start of ovarian cancer month. Throughout February Ovarian Cancer Australia is inviting the community to host an Afternoon Teal to improve the understanding of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as raising vital funds for research and support. As the ACT Ovarian Cancer Australia ambassador I am proud to be involved in this issue. I also acknowledge the support of the member for Higgins, who is also an ovarian cancer ambassador.

Tragically almost 1,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, so, as part of this awareness month, we are urging all women to learn the four key symptoms of ovarian cancer. These are: abdominal pain or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent bloating, the need to urinate often or urgently and feeling full after eating a small amount. Contrary to popular belief there is no detection test for ovarian cancer—the pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer.

I encourage Australians to get involved and help raise vital funds and awareness about this issue, and they can do this by buying a teal ribbon, by hosting an Afternoon Teal or making a donation. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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