25 January 2011

Wear a Touch of Teal for Ovarian Cancer - Australia Day Health Message

This year, one Australian woman will die every 11 hours from ovarian cancer, and 1 in every 77 Australlian women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

Today, Ovarian Cancer Australia, with the help of 9 celebrity Ambassadors nationally, supported by a team of 11th Hour Ambassadors in each state, announced its Australia Day Health Message to take care and be aware.  Today I was among the team of South Australian 11th Hour Ambassadors to team up with Adelaide's celebrity Ambassador, Natasha Stott Despoja, at the Adelaide Town Hall to launch this vital health message. 

I'm thrilled to be involved in promoting such an important women's health issue. Many of us have lost loved ones to cancer.  My decision to be involved as an 11th Hour Ambassador is to raise awareness of the need to be vigilant and get regular health check-ups; and the need to be aware of how your lifestyle can impact on your health and well-being.

Ovarian Cancer is an insidious disease that is not well known or considered, but can be very deadly if not diagnosed in the early stages.   We all know about breast cancer, but not enough women know about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.  With no screening available, the only means of early detection is being able to recognise the symptoms, which may include:
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
  • Unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Difficult eating and feeling full quickly
  • Needing to urinate more often or a change in bowel habits
Right Turn are also supporting the mission to help save lives.  Everyone can be involved in raising funds by purchasing a Teal Ribbon on Wednesday 23 February, hosting an Afternoon Teal, or going to the online shop or donating directly at Ovarian Cancer Australia.