February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Each year in Australia around 1,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In most cases, the cancer will be diagnosed at an advance stage where it is very difficult to treat. Therefore, Ovarian Cancer Australia is committed to ensuring that every Australian knows more about ovarian cancer and early symptoms.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held each year to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to highlight the risk factors and educate Australians on diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer.

It is important to learn about the common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer as there is no early detection test. 

The most common symptoms include: 

  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently

Other additional symptoms include: 

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Bleeding after menopause or in-between periods
  • Pain during intercourse or bleeding after

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms which are persistent and troublesome, it’s important to consult with your GP at Reydon Street Medical Centre.

To learn more about diagnosing and treatment of ovarian cancer you can visit the Ovarian Cancer Australia website here: www.ovariancancer.net.au/page/135/diagnosing-ovarian-cancer

You can also show your support by wearing a teal ribbon which is the colour that represents Ovarian Cancer.

If you are concerned you have symptoms of ovarian cancer or want to talk to one of our GPs today, book an appointment here: www.reydonstreet.com.au/billing-arrangements/bookings

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