Did you know that more than 1500 Australian women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer each year? Sadly, less than half survive this devastating disease.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms that you should look out for; some of the common ones include:

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

Unlike other cancers, there’s no early detection tests so it’s important to talk to your GP about these and other unusual symptoms.

Whilst the exact causes of most ovarian cancers are unknown, the following may increase your risk:

–          Increasing Age, especially post-menopausal

–          Genetics account for approximately 20% of ovarian cancers.

–          History of endometriosis, a previous breast cancer or diabetes

–          Use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

–          Being overweight

–          Not having had children – women who have not had children are at a slightly higher risk

So as with many cancers, being aware of your body and following a healthy diet and lifestyle may make a difference to your longevity.

To find out more speak to your GP or check out: www.ovariancancer.net.au