Today is Teal Ribbon Day and February has been Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This is a national campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for our national research program and support programs for women and families touched by the disease.
Teal is the international colour for ovarian cancer. Today, Teal Ribbon Day, all Australians are invited to purchase and wear a Teal Ribbon from Ovarian Cancer Australia or your nearest Chemmart Pharmacy, Spotlight, or Napoleon Perdis concept store to show your support for raising awareness of ovarian cancer
We don’t know the causes of most ovarian cancer. Research into the causes of ovarian cancer is continuing in Australia and overseas. We do know that there are some factors that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer and that there are some protective factors that may reduce a woman's risk.
Known risk factors
· Age is the main risk factor for ovarian cancer. The risk increases with age, and women aged over 50 are more likely to develop ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cancer can affect women of all ages.
· Genetics and family history are responsible for around 10% of ovarian cancers.
Other factors that may increase your risk include:
· Being a white (Caucasian) woman living in a westernised country with a high standard of living.
· Being of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
· Having no or few full-term pregnancies.
· Never taking oral contraceptives.
· Smoking cigarettes.
· Eating a high fat diet, or being overweight or obese.
· Using oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for 10 or more years (studies are not conclusive).
Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Make sure you do.
The four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
· Abdominal or pelvic pain
· Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
· Needing to urinate often or urgently
· Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
If you would like further information, visit the Ovarian Cancer Australia website and don’t forget to wear your Teal Ribbon today!