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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer is the eighth most common cancer affecting women in Australia. Over 1,600 women are diagnosed with the disease each year [1]. This is why it’s crucial to continue bringing awareness to help fund further research and improve survival rates which is sitting at 45% for 5 year survival in recent times [2]. This number we believe can and must improve so it’s time to ovary-act! Here are some things you need to know about the disease.


Don’t Ignore the Signs 

Take notice of any changes that are occurring or persisting. These include: 

  • Abdominal bloating 
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Indigestion, diarrhoea & constipation
  • Fatigue 
  • Back, abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

If any of the above symptoms are of concern to you, please see a medical professional for further advice [3].

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Know the Risk Factors 

  • People aged over 50 and gone through menopause have a higher risk (more than half the ovarian cancer diagnosed cases are women over the age of 65).
  • People who inherit the faulty gene mainly BRCA1 or BRCA2 will be at higher risk of developing breast and/ or ovarian cancer. 
  • About 3% of certain types of ovarian cancer are linked to tobacco smoke exposure, therefore smoking can increase this risk. 
  • Diabetics have an increased risk of 20-25% of developing ovarian cancer. The risk could also be slightly higher if taking insulin compared to tablet controlled diabetic treatment. 
  • Taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) can increase a person’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 40%.
  • A body mass index above 28 will slightly increase the risk of developing the disease [4].

Prevention

There is no proven prevention method but there is indication that a healthier lifestyle both in diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing cancer [5]. Keeping products that come into your life free from nasty toxins and as natural as possible is also healthier for the body from the inside out.

Your health and body gets better with good, positive change. So whatever you do, remember to put your health as the number one priority, always.  


For more information or want to take action to help people living with ovarian cancer, please visit https://ovariancancer.net.au/



[1] https://ovariancancer.net.au/taking-action/ocam/

[2] [3] https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/ovarian-cancer.html

 https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/ovarian-cancer.html

[4] [5] https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/information-and-support/what-ovarian-cancer/risk-and-protection-factors-ovarian-cancer
February 14, 2020 — Hannahpad Team