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February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! We thought we’d help spread the word and give you all the information you need to help #knowyourrisk

Pink Hope a preventative breast and ovarian health hub, supporting, empowering and educating families who are at risk of cancer. They work hard to ensure all individuals are educated and can take control of their health by knowing their risk.

Did You Know?

  • According to Cancer Australia, it is estimated that in 2018 out of the 1,613 females who were diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer only 544 survived.
  • 4 Australian women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer each day
  • 3 Australian women will die each day from Ovarian Cancer.
  • Currently there is no early detection test.
  • A pap test or cervical smear test does not detect ovarian cancer.

It is so important that you are aware of your risk and the symptoms associated with Ovarian Cancer as there is no early detection test. This means that women don’t often know they have it until the cancer has progressed quite far.

Factors associated with a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer include:

  • Family History: Your risk of developing Ovarian Cancer is heightened if one or more blood relatives, such as your mother, sister or daughter, has had it.
  • Family History of breast or colon cancer
  • Genetic Mutations: Up to 15% of all cases of invasive ovarian cancer involve the inheritance of a mutated gene. Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1or BRCA2 genes have a substantially increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Women with Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer or HNPCC) also have an increased lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Increasing Age
  • Medical Conditions e.g. Endometriosis
  • Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Learning about your personal risk for ovarian cancer is crucial to taking control of your health.

Pink Hope’s Know Your Risk Tool was designed to help you determine your risk for ovarian cancer. It is a simple 5 minute questionnaire that provides you with your risk assessment and the next steps you should be taking. https://pinkhope.org.au/know-your-risk/

Help us spread the word in February and make sure that everyone knows their Ovarian Cancer risk. #knowyourrisk

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