The BEAT TEST is from OVACOME an ovarian cancer charity in the UK who has done some amazing awareness campaigns. Teal Wings of Hope is proud to develop a strong awareness alliance with international organisations so together we can spread the word of awareness to women across the globe. Please visit them at www.beatonline.info
Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Make sure you do.
It can be difficult to diagnose ovarian cancer because the symptoms are ones that many women will have from time to time, and they are often symptoms of less serious and more common health problems.
But we do know that ovarian cancer is NOT a silent disease. Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer report four types of symptoms most frequently:
· Abdominal or pelvic pain.
· Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
· Needing to urinate often or urgently.
· Feeling full after eating a small amount.
· Changes in your bowel habits.
· Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.
· Bleeding in-between periods or after menopause.
· Back pain.
· Indigestion or nausea.
· Excessive fatigue.
· Pain during intercourse.
Be aware — but don't make yourself sick with worry
It is important to remember that most women with these symptoms will not have ovarian cancer. Your doctor should first rule out more common causes of these symptoms, but if there is no clear reason for your symptoms, your doctor needs to consider the possibility of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of gynaecological cancer deaths in Australia.* Each year more than 1200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
800 women will die from the disease each year.
On average 3 Australian women are diagnosed every day.
Approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.
Currently only 40% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be alive five years after diagnosis.
If ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, up to 80% of women will be alive and well after five years