Three out of five women incorrectly believe ovarian cancer is detected by a Pap smear1
New research released by Ovarian Cancer Australia to mark Teal Ribbon Day, reveals a staggering three out of five women incorrectly believe that ovarian cancer is detected by a Pap smear test.1
Furthermore, 51% of women are under the perception that the cervical cancer vaccine also protects against ovarian cancer, where in fact it does not.1
This research highlights the need for education among women of all ages. Every year 1,300 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 800 women will lose their battle with the disease.2,3 Teal Ribbon Day is supported by celebrity ambassadors and women living with ovarian cancer who are encouraging women to recognise the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
- Needing to urinate often or urgently
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
“It is imperative that we address these common misconceptions about ovarian cancer which our research has highlighted this year. This Teal Ribbon Day we are urging women of all ages to become aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. We urge women who experience any of the symptoms and they are new and persist for two weeks or more to consult a doctor,” says Alison Amos, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia.
TV personality and Ovarian Cancer Australia ambassador, Kate Ritchie says, “I was completely in the dark about ovarian cancer, and I chose to become an ambassador because I know other women must be feeling the same as me. I realised I wanted to know more about the disease and spread the word to fellow women who may also be unaware about the symptoms.”
“I will definitely be wearing my Teal Ribbon on 27th February to raise awareness and to show my support and I am encouraging all Australians to do the same” says Ritchie.
Teal Ribbon Day is Wednesday 27th February and proceeds raised from the sale of Teal Ribbons go towards vital funding for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.
Teal Ribbons are available from Chemmart Pharmacies, Harvey Norman and My Size stores nationwide and Contours Gyms and Brazilian Butterfly salons in the eastern states or from the Ovarian Cancer Australia website .
Other ways to show support:
- Host an Afternoon TealTM, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s key fundraising initiative, to raise vital funds for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.
- Make a donation at www.ovariancancer.net.au or call 1300 660 334.
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