Seeing teal? February is ovarian cancer month.
Australian women have a 1 in 84 chance of being diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, and only 46% of those diagnosed survive. In 2019 1,046 women died of the disease and it made up 2.3% of all cancers diagnosed in women in 2019.
Signs and Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer
Part of the reason outcomes are poor, are the causes of ovarian cancer are not yet understood. Another problem is that there is no current early detection test for ovarian cancer.
Symptoms like bloating, nausea and indigestion can be attributed to other causes. However it helps to be aware of all the symptoms, and to talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
We have seen increased fundraising and awareness campaigns to help better understand and beat this cancer, including last year’s High Country Women’s Cycling Festival. Ovarian Cancer Australia encourages people to raise awareness and organise a fundraiser in a way that works for them.
Ovarian Cancer Australia has free posters and information that are ideal for use in workplaces to raise awareness and start conversations.
“By riding your bike regularly you’re helping lower your cancer risk, but this February we are challenging you to go one step further by wearing teal for ovarian cancer,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Whether you commute, ride alone or in a group, just checking the links to learn more about this cancer could save your life, or that of a loved one,” said Bastien.
Bicycle NSW encourages our members and supporters to check out the links to learn more and save lives this February.