Opinion

Sadly, more than 60 women will die from this each year in SEQ

THIS February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - a time for women to get familiar with the symptoms of ovarian cancer to give themselves the best prospects of beating the disease.

The month also provides an opportunity to increase awareness and support for the estimated 270 Queensland women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.

Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest cancer to detect, and sadly remains the leading cause of death from gynaecological cancers.

Symptoms include increased abdominal size or bloating, unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight gain or loss, back pain, indigestion, nausea or excessive fatigue.

In the greater Brisbane region, each year around 115 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly, more than 60 women die from the disease.

If women have questions or concerns regarding ovarian cancer, they should visit their GP or call Cancer Council's 13 11 20 for access to a comprehensive range of cancer publications, confidential support and referrals.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.

JEFF DUNN

Cancer Council Qld

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