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Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

OVAR­IAN CAN­CER AWARE­NESS MONTH

THIS Fe­bru­ary is Ovar­ian Can­cer Aware­ness Month – a time for women to get fa­mil­iar with the symp­toms of ovar­ian can­cer to give them­selves the best prospects of beat­ing the dis­ease.

The month also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease aware­ness and sup­port for the es­ti­mated 270 Queens­land women who will be di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer this year.

Ovar­ian can­cer is one of the hard­est can­cers to de­tect, and sadly re­mains the lead­ing cause of death from gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers.

There are cur­rently no ef­fec­tive screen­ing tests for ovar­ian can­cer, so know­ing the symp­toms is crit­i­cal to early de­tec­tion.

Symp­toms in­clude in­creased ab­dom­i­nal size or bloat­ing, un­ex­plained ab­dom­i­nal or pelvic pain, loss of ap­petite, un­ex­plained weight gain or loss, back pain, in­di­ges­tion, nau­sea or ex­ces­sive fa­tigue.

Ovar­ian can­cer is often di­ag­nosed in women over 50, but all ages need to stay vig­i­lant.

Symp­toms can be vague and sim­i­lar to com­mon ill­nesses, but when these symp­toms are new, or have per­sisted for a few weeks, make an ap­point­ment with your gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

This Ovar­ian Can­cer Aware­ness Month, with your sup­port, we will con­tinue to in­vest in re­search and sup­port for those af­fected in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing car­ers and fam­i­lies.

In South­West Queens­land, each year around 20 women are di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer and sadly, around 14 women die from the dis­ease.

If South­West Queens­land women have ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing ovar­ian can­cer, they should visit their GP or call Can­cer Coun­cil’s 13 11 20 for ac­cess to a com­pre­hen­sive range of can­cer pub­li­ca­tions, con­fi­den­tial sup­port and re­fer­rals.

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able via can­cerqld. org.au or 13 11 20. — Pro­fes­sor Jeff Dunn AO, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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