A new survey had revealed that though ovarian cancer remains one of biggest gynaecological cancer killers, many women are unsure or unaware of the symptoms of the disease.
As many as 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than half of these women will not survive five years after their initial diagnosis.
The main reason is because more than 70 per cent of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.
A new patient resource kit developed by Ovarian Cancer Australia (OvCa) has been designed to help women battling ovarian cancer and includes an information guide to living with the cancer and a daily diary for recording doctors’ appointments and setting goals.
The kit will be available to all women with ovarian cancer and aims to give women reliable and comprehensive information to help them to cope with the serious disease, which often has a devastating effect.
The survey of over 2,000 women revealed over 60 per cent of Australian women still believe an abnormal Pap test is a sign of ovarian cancer, even though a Pap test is designed to detect cervical cancer (cervical cancer vaccine).
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