February marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Australians are being urged to recognise the symptoms of the deadly cancer, which only 43 per cent of women will survive five years post-diagnosis.
Ovarian Cancer Australia chief executive Jane Hill said with no early-detection test currently available, symptom awareness was crucial.
The four key symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, the need to urinate often or urgently and feeling full after eating a small amount.
“If any of the four key symptoms are new or unusual to you and you experience one or more of them over a four-week period, consult your GP,” Ms Hill said.
“Australians must also know their family history and genetic risk.
“Up to one in five women who develop ovarian cancer have a genetic mutation that can increase the risk of developing the disease.
“Women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations are at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.”
Genetic testing is available to women with a personal or family history of ovarian or breast cancer to identify inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations.
To help Ovarian Cancer Australia raise awareness and funds, women can host an Afternoon Teal in February.
Share the symptoms and signs all women should know about over cake, coffee and conversation. Donations help to save lives.
For more, visit here