An estimated 270 Queensland women will be be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, 39 of them from the Gold Coast. Sadly around 20 local women will also die from the disease this year.
It is one of the hardest cancers to detect and is the leading cause of death from gynaecological cancers, with fewer than half of all women likely to survive five years after diagnosis.
As part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Council has pledged to continue to invest in research and support for those affected, including carers and families.
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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, feeling full and/or having difficulty eating, unexplained weight gain or loss, back pain, indigestion, nausea or excessive fatigue.
Ovarian cancer symptoms can be vague and similar to common illnesses, but when these symptoms are new, or have persisted for two weeks or more, it’s important to see a doctor.
If you have any questions about ovarian cancer, call Cancer Council Queensland on 13 11 20 or talk to a GP.