Ovarian Cancer Australia leads the effort in making all Australians aware of ovarian cancer, its statistics and the optimal care pathway to help bring much needed attention to the disease and improve outcomes.
Why ovarian cancer needs everyone’s attention
In Australia, awareness of the disease itself, its signs, symptoms, and risk factors are very low. Most women diagnosed say that they had not heard about the disease before their diagnosis; and, over half the population believe that a cervical screening test detects ovarian cancer. It does not. There is no screening tool. The most alarming statistic is that; due the symptoms being so vague and often attributed to other conditions; an ovarian cancer diagnosis takes an average of 32 weeks. Ovarian Cancer Australia leads prevention programs and works with the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) to help educate medical students in the Survivors Teaching Students Program.
Over the years, many women affected with ovarian cancer have passionately used their voices to raise awareness advocate for change. They do this because they feel unacceptably underrepresented. Unlike other cancers that have thousands upon thousands of survivors raising awareness and funds each year, unfortunately ovarian cancer has only hundreds of survivors. Ovarian Cancer Australia leads both the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month every February and World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8th each year to ensure the “teal” flag is flown on behalf of all those affected. We help rally together the ovarian cancer community, our partners, and the whole of Australia to help amplify the voices of all those affected past and present.