Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy today reminded women in Canberra to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to wear a ribbon today for Teal Ribbon Day.
Teal Ribbon Day raises awareness for ovarian cancer as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February.
Statistics indicate that in 2011 more than 1200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly, around 800 will die from the disease.
Currently 75 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are in the advanced stages and don’t survive beyond five years. And yet, if diagnosed early, the majority of those women could survive.
“Every woman needs to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer,” Senator Lundy said.
The four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain;
- Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating;
- Needing to urinate often or urgently;
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
“Today is Teal Ribbon Day and I invite all Australians to wear a ribbon to show their support for raising awareness about ovarian cancer,” Ms Brodtmann said.
Ms Brodtmann and Senator Lundy were ACT Frocktober Ambassadors in 2010.
For more information about ovarian cancer and National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month please visit Ovarian Cancer Australia www.ovariancancer.net.au/ or the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation www.ocrf.com.au/about-the-ocrf/