ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER - Walk for Womens Cancer

ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER

Ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer. Ovarian cancer is the 8th most common cancer in Australian women. Each year, about 1,600 Australian women find out they have ovarian cancer.

Unforgivably, 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die, because at present there are no early detection tests. The 5 year survival rate has increased from 34.1% in 1988 to 44.4% in 2013. However, this is not enough, and research is desperately needed to provide better screening, diagnosis and treatment options for ovarian cancer.

 
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Ovarian cancer symptoms tend to be persistent and worsen with time. Signs are symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

• Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating

• Persistent abdominal discomfort or pain

• Change in bowel habits, such as constipation

• A feeling that the bowel has not emptied or feeling full after a light meal

• Vague but persistent indigestion, gas, upset stomach, nausea

• Lower back pain

• Frequent or urgent urination

• Abnormal vaginal bleeding, menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse

• Unexplained weight gain or weight loss

• Ongoing unusual fatigue or lack of energy
RISK FACTORS
No one thing causes ovarian cancer, but there are common risk factors that seem to increase risk:

• Family history of ovarian or breast cancer

• Use of hormone replacement therapy or fertility treatment

• Being over the age of 50

• Inherited genetic factors such as BRAC1 or BRAC2

• Never having been pregnant

• Early menstruation

• Never taking oral contraceptives

TREATMENT
The treatment options for ovarian cancer depends on what type of cancer you have, the stage and your general health and fitness. Ovarian cancer treatment may include:

• Surgery (including removal of one or both ovaries, fallopian tubes or the uterus)

• Chemotherapy

• Radiation
HOW PERKINS HELP
Thanks to funding from events like the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer, the Perkins is able to house some of the brightest minds in breast and ovarian cancer research in their women's cancer laboratories. The Perkins has incredible researchers who work tirelessly everyday to find a cure for this terrible disease.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There is so much more that needs to be done to protect women from an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Research is the answer. Commit to walk with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and raise vital funds to drive research breakthroughs that will ultimately save millions of lives.

HOW PERKINS HELP

Thanks to funding from the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer, the Perkins is able to research the hard to detect early cancers like ovarian cancer, and with your help can find a cure faster. The Perkins houses some of the brightest minds in women's cancer research and has an incredible team of academic and clinical professors who lead the fight against these insidious diseases.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There is so much more that needs to be done to protect women from an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Research is the answer. Every step that you take and every dollar that you raise will make a difference to women now and in the future!