Survivor to share story of Ovarian Cancer battle

AN OVARIAN cancer survivor will talk about her journey and educate other women about the disease over tea and biscuits this morning.

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas is hosting a morning tea at Nerang Neighbourhood Centre to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

“Each year about 1400 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly it has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer, with little improvement in survival in the past 20 years,” Dr Douglas said.
 
“If diagnosed early, the majority of women can survive, but unfortunately the majority of women are diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease.”
 
“I hope as many women as possible can attend (today’s) ‘morning teal’ and hear from a survivor of ovarian cancer, learn what are the best ways of detecting the disease and recognise the symptoms.”
 
The four most frequently reported symptoms for ovarian cancer are:
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
• The need to urinate often or urgently
• Feeling full after eating a small amount


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