Teal Ribbon Day

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teal ribbon day

February 27 is teal ribbon day

The month of February is ovarian cancer awareness month and February 27 is teal ribbon day! A day to support Aussie women living with ovarian cancer, honour those we have lost and help raise awareness of this deadly disease. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers striking women globally. Four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer daily. There are unknown exact causes of this type of cancer, know the risk and symptoms risk and symptoms of this disease

What are the Stages of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is divided into 4 stages, staging is the process whether to determine if you have ovarian cancer or if it has already spread to other parts of the body. Stages I – II are early stages of cancer while stages III – IV means the cancer has already advanced.

  • Stage I Cancer is one or both ovaries.
  • Stage II – Cancer is one or both ovaries and has spread to other organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder or bowel).
  • Stage III Cancer is one or both ovaries and has spread beyond the pelvis to the lining of the abdomen or to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage IV – Cancer has spread further to distant organs such as the lung or liver.

Reducing the Risk

As researchers continue to study what factors causes this cancer, there are certain factors that may lower the risk of developing one.

  • Oral Contraception or Birth Control Pills
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy
  • Tubal Ligation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Healthy Lifestyle

Although there is no known way to completely prevent ovarian cancer these tips might help.

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Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer

According to research, survival for women with ovarian cancer is improved when their surgical care is directed by a gynecological oncologist. Treatment given will depend on the type of ovarian cancer a patient has. Stage of cancer is also considered, as well as your health and fitness. Oftentimes, if you also wish to have children or not.

Treatment may include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Hormone therapy

Do not be afraid to ask questions and understand all your options.

Share your Stories

Over the years, women have shared their stores to different people to raise awareness of the disease. Support women living with ovarian cancer, share your personal journey whether you’re currently living with the disease or know someone who has been afflicted by it. Help raise awareness and inspire Aussie women to take action.

Donate To Research

Women with ovarian cancer have a low survival rate due to the late stage diagnosis if no early detection occurs. Symptoms are often vague and can be mistaken for symptoms of another disease. Funding for ovarian cancer research may save women’s lives through early detection and treatment. Donate to support women and prevent the future generation in acquiring this disease.