Turn­ing teal to raise aware­ness

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

THIS month, Coles Dalby is turn­ing teal to help raise vi­tal funds for Ovar­ian Can­cer re­search.

Shop­pers can show sup­port for Ovar­ian Can­cer Aware­ness month by buy­ing a $2 teal rib­bon or $3 teal pen from Coles at Dalby, or do­na­tion via tins at the check­out.

Ovar­ian Can­cer Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jane Hill said it was im­por­tant for women to know signs and symp­toms of the dis­ease.

“More than 90 per cent of women di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence one or more of the four key symp­toms,” Ms Hill said.

“Th­ese in­clude ab­dom­i­nal or pelvic pain, in­creased ab­dom­i­nal size or per­sis­tent ab­dom­i­nal bloat­ing, the need to uri­nate of­ten or ur­gently, and feel­ing full af­ter eat­ing only a small amount,” she said.

“It is also vi­tal that Australians ask about their fam­ily his­tory of ovar­ian and breast can­cer – up to 20 per cent of cases are linked to a ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion.”

Ovar­ian Can­cer Aware­ness Month will cul­mi­nate on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 22 for Teal Rib­bon Day, when sup­port­ers across the coun­try can host an Af­ter­noon Teal to have a cuppa, raise funds and start a con­ver­sa­tion about ovar­ian can­cer.

To find out more about the signs and symp­toms of ovar­ian can­cer, treat­ment and sup­port, visit www.ovari­an­cancer.net.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Ovar­ian Can­cer chief Jane Hill. Aus­tralia

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