Thursday, 25 October 2012

Let's Talk About... Ovarian Cancer

Super cute frock from Shabby Apple

As you may have noticed, I've been participating in Frocktober for the second year - and documented my month here on my blog (and Instagram, and Facebook). It's a fun month, though - believe it or not - hard work maintaining momentum to continue frocking on. You might not believe me, but some mornings, those jeans call me. And if you're not sick of seeing me, I certainly am.

Trust me mother frockers. It is tough.

But there is a serious side to Frocktober. Despite the frippery and the frivolity, Frocktober is all about raising awareness and money for research into ovarian cancer. 

The figures are startlingly high - one Australian woman dies every 10 hours due to ovarian cancer. At present ovarian cancer is commonly diagnosed at advanced stage with only 20-30% of women surviving beyond five years, compared to more that 90% when the disease is detected and treated early. 

There is no screening test. 

A pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer. 

Early stage ovarian cancer may not have obvious symptoms but the following may occur:
  • Vague abdominal pain or pressure
  • Feeling of abdominal fullness, gas, nausea, indigestion – different to your normal sensations
  • Sudden abdominal swelling, weight gain or bloating
  • Persistent changes in bowel or bladder patterns
  • Low backache or cramps
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Unexplained weight loss
The majority of women who experience one or two of these early symptoms do not have cancer. However, it is important that you seek medical advice if the symptoms are unusual or persist. For further information, visit OCRF or call 1300 OVARIAN.

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