The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is encouraging locals to help raise funds and awareness of ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month throughout February.
Ovarian Cancer has lowest survival rate from any women’s cancer.
Ms Bath said the reality is approximately 1600 woman are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 1000 will die from it.
“Sadly ovarian cancer is the deadliest form of cancer a woman can develop with only 45% surviving five years post diagnosis,” said Ms Bath.
“Unfortunately the symptoms for ovarian cancer are vague and are very similar to the signs of many other conditions that can be part of everyday life particularly for women around the age of menopause.
“The symptoms can easily be brushed aside so I am encouraging women to not ignore their health and check in with a GP rather even if they experience a slightest change or symptom.”
To help raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer you can purchase a $3 teal ribbon from any Terry White Pharmacy during the month of February or host a ‘teal event’ like an afternoon tea or a long lunch with friends, family or work colleagues.
Information on ovarian cancer awareness month can be found online at www.ovariancancer.net.au