Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month occurs annually in February. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, especially to share the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as shining a light on the need for investment into ovarian cancer research to improve survival rates.
Raising both awareness and funding is crucial to improving the future for women facing this disease.
Against a silent killer, our voices are powerful.
And by sharing the stories of affected women and families as well as spotlighting research progress, we are empowering a future where every woman, everywhere can live free from the threat of ovarian cancer.
The situation for women today
Every year, around 1,800 Australian women and a quarter of a million women around the world hear those devastating words: “You have ovarian cancer”.
Most of these cases will be diagnosed in the advanced stages, due to vague symptoms and the lack of an early detection test for ovarian cancer. For these women in the advanced stages, there is only a 29% chance they will survive beyond five years of their diagnosis. In the vast majority of cases, remission is not possible.
A widespread early detection test and more effective treatment options are urgently needed to save women’s lives. When funding into ovarian cancer research is neglected, women and girls die. The next generation deserves better. Research is the answer.
share information about ovarian cancer
Share information via social media and create conversation about ovarian cancer. Find shareable social media tiles below and tag @ocrf and #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth to spread the word. Click on the image to download and save to your device.
common questions about ovarian cancer
Watch the video to hear ovarian cancer researcher, Dr Amy Wilson, answer some of the most frequently asked questions about ovarian cancer. You can also read our blog about CA125 and ovarian cancer diagnosis for more information.
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THE OCRF’S IMPACT-DRIVEN RESEARCH
As Australia’s leading independent body dedicated to funding national ovarian cancer research, we are dedicated to making the biggest impact for the most women, specifically in the key areas of:
Treatment: Providing hope through personalised treatment options that extend the lives of women diagnosed.
Managing recurrence: Seeking to find the cells responsible for ovarian cancer recurrence and finding ways to stop the disease returning after successful treatment.
Early detection: Aiming to develop a non-invasive, accessible and reliable early detection test that catches ovarian cancer when it is able to be treated more effectively.
Prevention & cure: Focussing on preventing the disease so that women can live free from the ongoing threat of ovarian cancer.
Since the OCRF was first established, our research funding has enabled significant progress to be made in understanding the origin of ovarian cancer, its sub-types and critically, the potential biomarkers that pave the way towards an early detection test. Our plan to stop ovarian cancer includes a holistic approach to funding research that will lift survival rates and create a stepped change in outcomes for those diagnosed.
This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you to get to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as share this information with your friends, family and colleagues to raise awareness of this silent disease.