Did you know that ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynaecological cancer?
According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, roughly 1,800 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. And of those diagnosed at a late stage, only 29% survive for more than 5 years.
This is partly because there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, and it rarely causes any noticeable symptoms in its infancy.
Luckily, organisations like Ovarian Cancer Australia are dedicated to empowering those living with the disease and ensuring they have a fighting chance at a long and happy life.
February marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Giving Day (formerly known as Teal Ribbon Day), Ovarian Cancer Australia’s flagship events for stimulating conversations about, and raising funds for, the challenges faced by those living with ovarian cancer.
Continue reading for more information about the history and impact of Ovarian Cancer Australia and how you can get involved in their efforts to dismantle ovarian cancer as one of Australia’s deadliest diseases.
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Ovarian Cancer Australia is an independent national non-profit organisation that supports and advocates for those affected by ovarian cancer.
It was founded by several people who had been directly impacted by ovarian cancer, including the husband of Sheila Lee, the latter of whom sadly passed away from the disease in 2001.
Sheila Lee was Australia’s first ovarian cancer advocate. Upon receiving her cancer diagnosis, she was appalled about how little the medical and wider community knew of ovarian cancer.
Sheila worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to harness funding for collaborative research into ovarian cancer, and to ultimately provide solutions for those living with ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Australia strives to continue Sheila’s work by ensuring:
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (OCAM) is Ovarian Cancer Australia’s flagship campaign, and it is held every February in Australia.
During OCAM, Ovarian Cancer Australia strives to:
Giving Day forms part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and it typically falls on the last Wednesday of February.
On Giving Day, any donation made to Ovarian Cancer Australia is matched by one of their donors.
There are several ways you can get involved in Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month:
More information about how to get involved can be found on the website for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
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