There is no screening or early detection test for ovarian cancer, so it is very important to be aware of the symptoms that it can often present with.
In Australia, the 5 year survival rate of a woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 46%. To put this in perspective, the breast cancer survival rate is 91%.
Symptoms include increasing abdominal size, bloating, fatigue, change in bowel and/or bowel habits, changes in appetite, abdominal or pelvic pain. These symtoms are vague and common, and it is important to analyse these symptoms with your doctor especially if they are new, persistent or unusual for you.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or are worried about ovarian cancer, please come in and talk to one of our doctors who can help in providing information, resources and support.