Hon Judi Moylan

Know the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: Moylan

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Hon Judi Moylan MP calls for women to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer after new research reveals the need for greater awareness – with 40 per cent of women incorrectly believing ovarian cancer is silent and has no symptoms at all.

 “One Australian woman will lose their battle with ovarian cancer every 11 hours,” Mrs Moylan said.

 “However, if diagnosed in the early stages most women will survive. As there is no detection test it is vital for women to know the symptoms.

The most common symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, needing to urinate often and feeling full quickly. Other symptoms may include back pain and changes in bladder or bowel habits along with heavy fatigue, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, indigestion or nausea, pain on intercourse, and vaginal bleeding between periods or after menopause.

 “The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with other conditions but if women experience symptoms persistently for two weeks or more they should consult a doctor,” Mrs Moylan said.

 This year more than 1,200 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly, around 800 will die from the disease.

 Ovarian Cancer Australia is encouraging people to host an Afternoon Teal, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s key fundraising initiative, to raise vital funds for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.

 Teal Ribbon Day is Wednesday 29 February 2012.

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